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Four suspected rhino poachers arrested in Kruger Park

Four suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Kruger National Park (KNP) over the weekend, South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday.

Members of the Rangers Corp, assisted by the K9 unit and Airwing aviators, made the arrests in the Stolznek section of the park.

In the first incident on Friday, rangers followed a trail and surprised suspected poachers sitting under a tree trying to escape. However, the rangers quickly rounded them up and successfully stopped them.

“A large caliber hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment were seized at the scene. The suspects will appear in court in due course while investigations continue, ”SANParks said.

The second incident took place on Saturday, where rangers followed after hearing gunshots and came across two suspected poachers.

The only suspect who had a gun was fatally injured while the second managed to escape arrest.

“A backpack with two rhino horns was recovered next to the suspect’s body along with a large caliber rifle and poaching equipment. A carcass of a male black rhino was found nearby, indicating that the horns were cut from this particular animal, ”SANParks said.

Meanwhile, the Skukuza Regional Court sentenced Simon Lubisi to an effective 19-year prison sentence for killing and dehorning a rhino.

Lubisi was arrested in the Crocodile Bridge section with three co-defendants while he was busy decorating a rhino. A suspect was fatally injured when he shot the rangers and the three defendants were arrested and released on bail when they appeared in court.

They all fled, but Lubisi was again arrested in the park and put on trial, resulting in his conviction and conviction on Thursday.

“We are saddened to have lost a rhino over the weekend, but we are encouraged by the courageous actions of our multidisciplinary anti-poaching teams who have managed to remove two rifles from the system and apprehend the suspects who are now in custody. detention. We also appreciate the heavy sentences handed down recently by the Skukuza Regional Court, which motivates all those who work tirelessly to arrest the suspects found in the park. The kingpins are still there and we hope they will be arrested soon to face the force of the law for their crime, ”said Gareth Coleman, KNP CEO.

The KNP saw a 29.41% increase in the number of poachers arrested between July and September 28, 2021.

There was an 85.71% increase in the number of poachers’ firearms recovered (13) compared to (7) for the same period in 2020.

Four suspected rhino poachers arrested in Kruger Park

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