South African National Parks (SANParks) Arrests 2 Field Rangers For Alleged Rhino Poaching; 3 More Suspects Also Apprehended This Week

The Image is not of the rhino in this case.

News of rhino poachers being caught is oftentimes bittersweet. It’s a relief that the perpetrators are, at least temporarily, stopped from killing more innocent animals but it is a sad reminder that there are still so many humans capable of committing such savagery.

It is especially disheartening to learn, as WAN did this morning, that sometimes the alleged poachers are the same people that are employed to protect the animals.

According to South African National Parks (SANParks), that is what transpired this week when two field rangers who are suspected of being involved in rhino poaching were arrested.

The suspects, who were apprehended after an intensive joint investigation was carried out by the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigative Unit and the SAPS, are alleged to have shot and dehorned a white rhino in May 2018.

“We have a zero tolerance for corruption and criminality within our ranks and are very disappointed at some of our members who betray the trust of all South Africans and nature lovers,” Glenn Phillips, the Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP) said in a statement. “We want to warn others that we are coming after you.”

Meanwhile, another three poachers were also arrested on Monday by honorable Park Rangers who, supported by K9 and Airwing reaction teams, had been following suspect tracks for most of the day.

The suspects were in possession of a heavy caliber hunting rifle, poaching equipment and ammunition at the time of arrest.

The alleged poachers will all be facing charges related to illegal hunting in a National Park.

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