9 Rhino Poachers Have Been Arrested Since July 20th In Kruger National Park; News Released Before World Ranger Day

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South African National Parks (SANParks) announced last week that nine poaching suspects have been arrested in Kruger National Park since July 20th. The arrests were made in three sections of the park which has borne the brunt of rhino poaching.

SANParks shared the news ahead of World Ranger Day tomorrow.

On July 20th, three arrests were made at the Crocodile Bridge Section of Kruger National Park where the suspects were found in possession of a heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

Letaba Rangers also made contact with three suspects who were in possession of a high calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment on July 22nd.

Tshokwane Rangers also arrested three suspected poachers in possession of a high calibre rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment on July 23rd. All similar arrests in different areas of Kruger National Park.

While positive news, the arrests that were made in the matter of just four days further reflects how rampant the rhino poaching epidemic is in Africa. Poaching needs to stop, everywhere, period.

The three successful apprehensions of poachers were accomplished with support from the K9 and Airwing teams. Sadly, one of the K9’s in the operation was lost but later found dehydrated.

These magnificent animals are valuable and have become a big game-changer in the anti-poaching campaign. They are part of the Rangers Corps family and contribute to the success rate of arrests in the anti-poaching campaign.

“We are proud of your achievements in the recent past, we salute your commitment and bravery to this campaign,” Glenn Phillips, KNP Managing Executive said in a statement, further expressing his appreciation of the hard work that was done by the Rangers Corps, Airwing and K9 Units.

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