CNS Reporter
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20 Jun 2018
10:38 am

Kruger National Park field rangers arrested for suspected rhino poaching

CNS Reporter

South African National Parks (SANParks) on Tuesday announced the arrest of two field rangers suspected of being involved in rhino poaching.

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The two suspects were based at the Houtboschrand section, and are alleged to have shot and dehorned a white rhino in May 2018, Letaba Herald reports.

Houtboschrand is a thin strip of the Park running from the eastern to the western boundary, starting just south of Phalaborwa Gate and encompassing Roodewal.

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The suspects were arrested on Monday morning as a result of an intensive joint investigation carried out by the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigative Unit and
the SAPS.

Their arrest follows a report in May in which shots were reported by tourists and a poached rhino carcass was then found with its horns missing. The two suspects had been deployed in the area at the time of the reports.

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP) Glenn Phillips congratulated the investigating team on the arrests. “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, we want to warn others that we are coming after you,” concluded Phillips.

The two suspects will be appearing in court in due course.

Meanwhile, three poachers were arrested on Monday by Rangers who had been following suspect tracks for most of the day.

The Rangers who were supported by K9 and Airwing reaction teams made the arrests shortly before last light.

The suspects were in possession of a heavy calibre hunting rifle, poaching equipment and ammunition at the time of arrest. The suspects will be facing charges related to illegal hunting in a National Park.