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Media Release: Another poacher killed and three arrested in KNP

Date: 26th April 2011

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced in a statement on Sunday, 24 April 2011 that while on patrols in the various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday, 23 April 2011 the SANParks rangers and members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), came across two groups of suspected poachers.

In skirmishes that broke out between the suspected poachers and rangers, one of the suspected poachers was fatally wounded, one wounded and arrested and the third arrested.

SANParks Head of Communications, Wanda Mkutshulwa, said that three rhino carcasses were also discovered during these patrols. The incidents happened in the Stolsnek and Tshokwane section of the KNP.

Three firearms were recovered during the arrests.

Over 138 rhino have been poached across the country and 82 successful arrests have been made.

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Issued by:
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli – General Manager: Media & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5203, cell: 073 373 4999, e-mail: reyt@sanparks.org

Media enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa – Head of Communications, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5201, cell: 082 908 2692, e-mail: wandam@sanparks.org

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