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Media Release: Hunt of lions from Kruger National Park advert hogwash

Date: 28th January 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) read with dismay the unfortunate advertisement and comments on social media platforms that have been doing rounds, referring to a hunt of two troublesome lions allegedly originating from the Kruger National Park (KNP).

This according to KNP Managing Executive, Mr. Abe Sibiya, who said, Kruger National Park would like to distance itself from the advertisement and its author/s… “as there is no link between KNP and those that are involved with this hunting activity. KNP do not remove problematic lions from the KNP to be hunted elsewhere.”

He said  in actual fact there has been a concerning trend in recent times where certain individuals have fraudulently attached Kruger National Parks name and those of key employees in unscrupulous hunting business ventures  all in an effort to attract unsuspecting clients. “A case in point is a fraudulent letter bearing the forged signatures of some of the key management personnel in the park authorizing a hunt within the Makuya Game Reserve in Limpopo managed by the provincial government.” 

According to Sibiya the circumstance surrounding this incident are being investigated by the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigations… “and legal advice is also being sought on how to pursue criminal charges against the perpetrators. 

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications

For Media Enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org 

 

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