SANParks: We are at war

2013-02-01 14:19

South African National Parks announced in a statement on Friday that security measures are being beefed up at the Kruger National Park as part of their anti-poaching strategy. 

According to Wanda Mkutshulwa, Head of Communications at SANParks, newly trained rangers will be deployed to each of the main entrance gates to assist with policing and security. These rangers will help with search and seizure duties where necessary, as well as the arrest of offenders. The measures are meant to enhance current security arrangements when guests, visitors and contractors enter the park.

She said this deployment forms part of a wider security strategy being implemented in the fight against rhino poaching. No less than 42 rhino have been poached in the Kruger Park this year, making current toll more than one rhino a day.

"We are at war and every single tactic will assist in ensuring that total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity. It is no secret that the Kruger National Park has borne the brunt of these activities in recent times. Therefore if we are serious about winning this war all commands must be marshaled from one point." 

According to Mkutshulwa the deployed rangers have been trained in customer etiquette and also in the handling of sniffer dogs. 

"Our tracker dogs have been instrumental in the many successful anti-poaching operations; we are in a fortunate situation where individuals and companies are assisting us with training and donations of these dogs. We are not pulling out any of our tracker dogs from their missions but have specially trained dogs ready for deployment." 

The deployment is with immediate effect and is part of rolling out the many security measures that are being implemented in the Kruger National Park.

The measures are meant to bring down the number of animals that are being lost to illegal hunting emanating mainly from the Kruger National Park's eastern border with Mozambique.

Read more on:    kruger national park  |  animals  |  rhino poaching  |  travel south africa

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