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Poaching suspects nabbed in Kruger

Poaching suspects arrested in KrugerEight suspected rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park earlier this week.

The arrests were made during counter-poaching operations which saw three heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching related equipment recovered.

The arrests took place in three different sections of Kruger and were a joint effort by SANParks rangers, Special Rangers, K9 and Air Support Units of the park.

“Kruger continues to experience incursions and other poaching related activities on daily basis. Our dedicated and committed anti-poaching teams, who are our ears and eyes in the bush are always out there to respond. We call on poachers to weigh the risks of being caught and assure them the gap is closing”, warned the park’s managing executive, Glenn Phillips.

SANParks remains committed to fighting the scourge of poaching.

“Wildlife crime should not be tolerated and needs to be stopped; we urge community members to provide any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of rhino poachers. Criminal activities can be reported on either the KNP emergency numbers 013 735 0197 or 076 801 9679, Department of Environmental Affairs’ crime hotline 0800 205 005 or the SAPS number 10111,” Phillips said.