The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Two men, who were stopped on the side of the N4 near Belfast due to car trouble, have been taken in for questioning in connection with the murder of a senior Hawks detective.
At least 46 rhino have been slaughtered in Botswana in 10 months, a government official says, as the southern African wildlife haven reports a surge in poaching of the endangered species.
Police officers found a rifle, binoculars, ammunition and a home-made silencer in the vehicle driven by the suspects.
A sting operation by Durban police leads to the arrest of two suspected rhino horn and elephant tusk dealers in the Point area.
The lions were found with their snouts and paws removed.
A Botswana national is expected in the dock of the Kuruman Magistrate's Court in the Northern Cape after he allegedly attempted to sell a live cheetah, as well as lion bones.
Russia's defence ministry has donated weapons to Gabon to help the central African nation battle poachers and protect elephants.
Twenty-four suspected poachers were arrested on and around historic Robben Island after the skippers of boats waiting for them spotted patrol vessels and left them behind, says Western Cape police.
Gauteng police have managed to rearrest a man who was on the run after tracking down another man linked to three consignments of lion bones that have been seized at OR Tambo Airport over the last two months.
Gauteng police say they have arrested five people who were trying to sell two endangered pangolins.
KwaZulu-Natal police have thrown a spanner in the works of alleged rhino poachers who fled after they saw officers on the N2 freeway.
Rhino poaching in South Africa is on the decline as the government makes a concerted effort to battle the scourge that threatens a critically endangered species.
A joint police operation has intercepted and confiscated R7m worth of abalone in Limpopo.
SANParks says it has kicked off the new year on a positive note, arresting seven suspected rhino poachers in the first nine days of 2020.
South African rangers have killed two suspected rhino poachers in a shooting at the famous Kruger Park, the South African National Parks says.
A Mozambique court has sentenced 10 poachers to 16 years in jail after they were caught hunting illegally in a national park.
Preliminary investigations suggested the lions might have been fed poison-laced chicken by the suspects who gained entry onto the farm by cutting a fence, according to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
SANParks is remaining tight-lipped about the suspension of one of the Kruger National Park's most senior and respected game rangers, Don English.
Chiyevedzo Mutero was one of dozens competing in the remote Zimbabwean bush to join the all-female anti-poaching Akashinga rangers when she broke her finger.
Four lions were found dead in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve with their paws and jaws missing.
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