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Joining the war against poaching!
Mutilated body of a female white rhino. Poached in a small private reserve, leaving her calf orphaned.
The war against poaching has been started. It is time for all those concerned about nature, and all of those concerned about the brutal slaying of innocent animals, to get involved.
There has been an exponential increase in poaching activities over the past three years, with organized international crime syndicates getting involved. The meteoric rise in rhino poaching is especially worrying, though other types of poaching remain a problem.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers: Virtual region, in conjunction with the National Counter Poaching Committee of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, announces an opportunity to contribute towards the combating of this terrible crime. You can help us make a real difference in the war against poaching!
Our initial goal is to raise R 100 000.00 in support of SANParks counter poaching teams, who are busy combating poaching on the ground. This is only the first stage in our effort, and further projects will be announced in time.
We want to raise R 100 000.00 through donations and through an online auction which will be held on the SANParks Forums.
The R 100 000 will be used to provide field rangers with much needed equipment such as bullet proof vests, GPS (Sat. nav.) equipment and night vision goggles.
In a recent incident four armed poachers were arrested in Kruger National Park, with two freshly poached rhino horn in their possession. Besides a hunting rifle, they had AK47 assault rifles with them. Why? It is clear that poachers are willing and prepared to kill rangers who try to stop them. Such threats have been made by poachers. The rangers are putting their lives on line to prevent this terrible crime and arrest the criminals responsible. We can help them protect their own lives, by contributing towards bullet proof vests.
Poachers use the cover of night to avoid capture. The tactic is to follow an animal and shoot it just before sunset. Follow up activities are hampered by the dark, allowing the poacher to make his getaway. Night vision and GPS equipment will help enable fast and accurate follow up of poaching incidents.
This female's horn was cut off by means of a chain saw, severally mutilating her face. Left for dead, she woke up afterward. Her four week old calf died of starvation with his mutilated mother unable to look after her baby.
You can help us put a stop to this ugly crime by making a contribution to the Honorary Rangers counter poaching fund.
Please donate now!
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