Rhino poacher killed in Kruger shoot-out

2012-05-10 18:53

Johannesburg - A suspected rhino poacher was killed in a shoot-out at the Crocodile Bridge Ranger section of the Kruger National Park on Thursday, SA National Parks (SANParks) said.

An investigation by SANParks rangers, police and the military into the killing of a rhino cow and her calf earlier in the day led to three men, said spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli in a statement.

"A shoot-out ensued, which led to one suspect being fatally wounded and the other two [being] arrested."

Four fresh rhino horns, a hunting rifle and an axe were recovered from the men.

The total number of rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park since January this year now stands at 130.

Another SANParks spokesperson, Paul Daphne, appealed to the public to report suspected poaching.

"It is unfortunate that we could not save the rhino cow and calf in time, but we are convinced that with the increased measures we have in place, the poachers are feeling the pressure..." he said.

Thakhuli said the two alleged poachers would appear in court soon.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-10 19:03

    You beauties. Well done

      Nigel - 2012-05-10 19:08

      Kill Them Please!

      Andrew - 2012-05-10 20:09

      shoot the two arrested as well!!!

      Ernst - 2012-05-10 20:09

      @Christopher: One Poacher one bullet!!

      Thabang - 2012-05-10 20:28

      For the Chinese and Vietnamese syndicates 3 of their tool(poachers) are no longer functional. They would just get new tools easily. The people that should be dealt with are the evil syndicates.

      Martin - 2012-05-11 06:53

      just shout "they coming right for us" and shoot them, its allowed, watch south park

      Sean - 2012-05-11 08:24

      Let the good times role. Now just shoot the other 2 and the job is done. When it comes to the killing of any of our wildlife, I have completely divorced my emmotions from the equation. Pity you dont have the balls to make this a televised and public execution.

      Boer - 2012-05-16 22:23

      Awesome. Skiet die wetters vrek daagliks.

      Amanda - 2012-05-17 09:59

      Well done I salute you ! Shoot to kill next time, nobody can say they were not casualties in the shooting.

  • Msika - 2012-05-10 19:05

    Wow, great news of the day. Pity they couldnt save the rhinos, but a harsh message has been sent to other poachers.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-10 19:08

    Kill Them Please - I want them to Die!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-10 19:13

    Justice served... Whoop Whoop on that one...

  • Stuart - 2012-05-10 19:13

    Losing the Rhinos is really sad. Killing that stinky poacher, AWESOME! Pity they did not get the other two.

      Msika - 2012-05-10 19:26

      Stuart Baxter, is that you?

      Thabang - 2012-05-10 20:09

      Hahahahaah. @Msika, you made my evening. Lol!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-10 19:15

    Brilliant news. Pity they didn't kill them all. Well done to the park rangers, SANDF and the SAPS. These scumbags must know that the grim reaper is waiting for them around every bush.

  • magdeline.malefane - 2012-05-10 19:17

    rhinos will be extinct because of these criminals.Hey!give those men a bell they deserve it!

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 19:18

    One rhino poacher one r4.....

  • Freddie - 2012-05-10 19:21

    There's a long line of Zimbo's, Mozams and our local specials waiting to take his spot and have a chance at hacking off a rhino horn for R10k. Until we curb the demand and crack the syndicates we are in for a long bloody battle. Please save our Rhino!!

  • lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-10 19:24

    Goodnews,but sad news for the Asian kingpin.

  • Rhyno - 2012-05-10 19:25

    Woo hoo!!!

      Msika - 2012-05-10 19:29

      Careful now Rhyno, they might be comming for you.

      Rhyno - 2012-05-10 20:04

      Luckily, I shoot back.

      Vernon - 2012-05-11 06:25

      and when they come shoot them between the eyes and put their d@@ks there!!

  • Mike - 2012-05-10 19:25

    When you catch them, show them the same mercy that they showed dumb animals.

      Msika - 2012-05-10 19:32

      What exactly are you trying to say Mike? \dumb animals\ are u refering to the poachers or the death rhinos?

  • Harry - 2012-05-10 19:27

    Good job! Keep the pressure on these scum.

  • karen.inward - 2012-05-10 19:29

    Excellent news. I will sleep well tonight.

  • Claude - 2012-05-10 19:31

    Good Stuff... The hunter/poacher becomes the hunted/poached ;)

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-10 19:32

    I am very sad about the rhino's. As far as the poachers go,bad shooting! At least we might get some intelligence on the bastards involved higher up in the poaching syndicate? Well done guys!!!!

  • Carl - 2012-05-10 19:36

    Tie them to the carcases so they can be eaten alive! Well done SAPS and Rangers.

      adrian.marais - 2012-05-10 19:47

      Bloody good idea!

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-05-10 19:36

    Yet more Rhino butchered. When will this brutality stop.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-10 19:44

    Yeap yeap, hooray he should also rot in hell if there's one.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-10 19:47

    we needs lots more poachers killed- its already more than 200 rhinos and only few poachers killed for this year

  • izak.greyling - 2012-05-10 19:47

    Better than nothing,at least one poacher less. Unfortunatly there are thousands queing to takes his place. Hopefully one day the death toll of poachers will exceed rhinos being poached!

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  • adrian.marais - 2012-05-10 19:49

    Good stuff! Well done to all who were involved in wacking this scum. Keep up the good work.

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  • Sikhitha Mudzuli Christopher - 2012-05-10 19:52

    Thumb up...

  • Noeline - 2012-05-10 19:52

    GREAT NEWS.....Too bad, 4 fresh rhino horns ..... :-(

  • Marius - 2012-05-10 20:11

    Poachers 4 Rhinos 3 Nice but it is such an unequal battle.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-05-10 20:14

    1 dead rhino = 1 bullet in the head...shoot the swines that kill our rhino's

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-10 21:05

      hunt them down like wild pigs and feed the scumbags to the vultures

  • Isabel - 2012-05-10 20:18

    make them talk.... ASK who is paying them to kill the RHINOS.... TRY to get to the top...I DONT FEEL SORRY FOR THEM..A JOB WELL DONE GUYS

  • Stewart - 2012-05-10 20:21

    By time

  • Bruce - 2012-05-10 20:22

    Shoot them all!

  • jacques.leemans - 2012-05-10 20:31

  • elisha.musindo - 2012-05-10 20:57

    Rangers keep shooting the poachers spare the rinhos!

  • Warren - 2012-05-10 20:59

    I think what we need is commercial farming of rhino's to harvest horns for those who think its worth something, raise them look after them and remove the horns whenever it grows back,as the product and investment is so valuable and income generative farmers will obviously utilise the best security to look after their investments thus keeping them alive.Cruel perhaps? but at least they alive.

  • sihle.zondie - 2012-05-10 21:14

    one done,many left.i think i'm gon pick up rifle and join in.RE-ENFORCEMENTS NEEDED!!!

  • Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-05-10 21:16

    Don't just shoot him... cut off his horn and let him bleed to death!

  • Robin - 2012-05-10 21:18

    That's great news. Something of a catch-22 is that every rhino these bastards kill is one less in the horn producing rhino population and that gives rise to an exponential rise in the price of horn and that, sadly, means we ain't seen nothing yet when it comes to outright warfare over these poor animals. Just a thought - though I guess it would not be legal - wouldn't it be great if all these bastards could be named and shamed complete with pics so we could see who the eco-criminals are?

      Shaheed Kader - 2012-05-10 21:56

      Death Penalty for these Murderers!

  • joyplewis - 2012-05-10 21:37

    Excellent!!! I wonder if the person 'disliking' has a problem???

  • Robin - 2012-05-10 22:07

    Promote the Ranger that shot that poacher.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-05-11 01:03

    WHO is the troll that "dislikes" every single comment?? WTH? Rhino poachers, in fact, any poachers are the SCUM of the earth! They should be shot on site... no questions asked! Maybe the "troll" is in fact a poacher

  • louis.b.ebersohn - 2012-05-11 05:36

    Another one bites the dust...

  • Nigel - 2012-05-11 07:09

    FANTASTIC, well done guys, keep up the good work!!!!!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-11 07:45

    "tam-tam-tam another one bites the dust, tam-tam-tam another one bites the dust. And another down, and another one down, another one bites the dust" *singing*

  • David - 2012-05-11 07:54

    Also catch the vets, farmers and businessmen and women behind the poaching!!!!

      Antipoaching - 2012-05-11 08:35

      yip I agree and hack thweir Achilles tendons and drop them at the Moz border and tell them to walk through Kruger to get medical attention....

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-11 08:33

    should have hacked the Achilles tendons on the other 2 and told them to walk to the nearest town in Mozambique for medical attention.......

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  • samir.janson - 2012-05-11 08:51

    They should be given the DEATH Penalty...Oh wait that also doesn't happen in SA. Jail for life maybe if we are lucky. Justice ??? not really. They took lives of innocent animals. How will they be punished...even shooting at authorities which shows they were willing to kill humans as well !!!!

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