As some of you know I’m preparing to visit Kruger – I leave the UK two weeks tonight!
As part of my preparation I’ve tried to establish what I should do if, while in the park or indeed outside, I see or hear anything suspicious that leads me to think I am in the vicinity of rhino poaching, poachers or I just feel that something isn’t quite right.
I’m sorry to say I haven’t found anything. There is the Unite Against Poaching link on the SANParks home page but that doesn’t give instructions or phone numbers to call**. Searching for ‘rhino poaching’ on the home page doesn’t return anything. A search of the forum doesn’t return anything on the first page of results and there are no sticky threads I can find. There is one sticky about posting rhino locations but not the information I am looking for.
So my question is “What should I do?” What I would like to have is clear information easily available. An information sheet - a prepared page of instructions and phone numbers I could print and have with me in the car. If it was me I would actually prepare this information sheet in different sizes – people could then print out the information in a size that suits them – maybe a business card size, A4, poster size. I’d be happy to print two A4 pages and stick them to the inside of the rear windows of my car - it could prompt somebody else who maybe saw something suspicious to act too.
I’ll be in the park for a week and I will be an extra pair of eyes and ears. Any information appreciated. If it helps in just a tiny, tiny way it would be useful.
** Clicking through the Unite Against Poaching website http://www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za/
gives the 0800 205 005 number but it isn’t very prominently displayed and I’m not sure if it is reachable from a UK phone.