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South African National Parks (SANParks) said the search would continue for poachers believed to be behind the killing of at least 11 rhino at the Kruger National Park.

It emerged on Thursday that three more carcasses had been found following the discovery of eight others earlier this week.

Rangers have arrested two suspected poachers and killed two others during a special operation on the eastern border.

SANParks’ Teynold Thakuli said they suspect those killed were linked to the latest attacks.

“Two of the suspected poachers were killed and another two were fatally wounded. A .375 calibre hunting rifle and other hunting equipment were found in their possession.”

More than 400 rhino were killed in South Africa during 2011.


I suspect there is a mistake in the transcript above. Perhaps it should read that two were killed and the other two wounded and arrested?

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Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in the North West Province, the Hawks confirmed on Friday.

On Thursday, officials pounced on the gang after a year-long investigation.

One suspect managed to escape and is still at large.

Since the beginning of 2012, over 20 rhino have been poached in South Africa. The country also lost a record 448 rhino in 2011.

The Private Rhino Owners Association's Pelham Jones has praised authorities for the arrests.

“This gang was arrested while on route to carry out a poaching attack,” he added.


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SANParks says it will need an investment of close to R400m to beef up security in the Kruger National Park if it is to make any progress in its war on rhino poachers
SETUMO STONE
Published: 2012/01/16 06:48:23 AM

SANPARKS would need an investment of close to R400m to beef up security in the Kruger National Park if it is to make any progress in its war on rhino poachers, CEO David Mabunda said yesterday.

This would allow SANParks to employ 1600 more rangers at the Kruger National Park and to refurbish 150km of fencing on its eastern boundary, which borders Mozambique.

Addressing the media yesterday with Mr Mabunda, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said her department was meeting the Department of Public Works today to discuss the budgeted plan to re-erect the Kruger National Park fence where it had been dropped along the Mozambique border. "We would like to do more but it would cost close to R200m for the 150km of fencing," she said.

Ms Molewa said SANParks would also employ an additional 150 rangers, adding to the 500 already employed in the park.

The number of rhinos illegally killed in SA last year reached the staggering tally of 448. In the first two weeks of this year, 20 have been poached.

SA is home to almost 90% of the world’s estimated 22800 rhinos. The animals are under unprecedented attack, linked to increased demand in Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, thought to be sparked by increased affluence in the East.

Mr Mabunda said curbing rhino poaching was "mission impossible" with the current ratio of 50000ha per ranger. The 10000ha per ranger required "would mean a staff increase of 1600 people at about R200m".

He said SANParks wanted to avoid a situation where the loss rate from rhino poaching in SA — which is currently at 5% — exceeded the 6% birth rate.

Poor and unemployed people on the Mozambican side of the border were candidates to be recruited by poaching syndicates, he said.

Mr Mabunda acknowledged SANParks staff could be involved in poaching and said he did not "preside over an organisation of angels". There were internal systems to detect foul play and staff were properly vetted, he said.

Last year, 232 people were arrested for rhino poaching.

Ms Molewa said the laws could be stricter and penalties harsher. "Poaching has been declared a priority crime and we are preparing a discussion at Cabinet level."

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MEDIA STATEMENT 15 JANUARY 2012
MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, MINISTER EDNA MOLEWA ADDRESSES THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB ON THE ONGOING SCOURGE OF RHINO POACHING AND INTERVENTIONS AIMED AT ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM

I would like to express my dismay and strong condemnation of the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching in our country, which has seen the staggering number of 448 rhinos illegally killed in South Africa in 2011.

This ongoing poaching of our rhino population is a source for great concern to government and the various stakeholders. It requires of us all as a collective to take drastic measures to help combat it.
I would like to assure you that the government of South Africa views the illegal killing of this national treasure in a very serious light and will continue to prioritise our fight against this crime jointly with our law enforcement agencies. We will continue to implement the various initiatives highlighted last year, while putting in place added measures to address this matter.

We have established the National Biodiversity Investigators Forum specifically for multi-departmental co-operation and information sharing with various law enforcements. In addition to the Investigators Forum we have also established the interim National Wildlife Reaction Unit (NWCRU) that we would like to establish as a permanent unit. We have also seen the return of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to monitor the 350km of national border in Kruger National Park and other country borders.

Most of our rhino population is in the Kruger National Park which has faced an onslaught from poachers. We will deploy additional 150 Rangers to Kruger National Park this year, to add to the current 500, to address this crime.

As additional measure, the Department will implement a decision to deploy conservation specialists at key designated ports of entry and exit through which the international trade in endangered species (mainly CITES listed) can be exported and imported. The designations of the ports should also be extended to include all wildlife species imported and exported to and from South Africa under the National Environmental Management Act: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA).

This will include all indigenous species and those species listed as alien and those that are invasive. Such measures will facilitate effective regulatory enforcement by enabling wildlife and customs officers to conduct inspections and associated endorsement mechanisms in compliance with international obligations under CITES and with the NEMBA.

The Department of Environmental Affairs is also working towards ensuring that at least two facilities (one at a sea port and one at OR Tambo) are secured where wildlife officials at ports of entry and exit can inspect and examine wildlife consignments.

Operation Rhino still remains a standing agenda item of the National Joints Committee (Nat Joints Com), which comprises of senior members of SAPS, NPA and the South African National Defence Force. This committee is responsible for coordination, joint planning and implementation of high priority security measures. As a result of this cooperation, 232 people were arrested in 2011 alone for rhino poaching and related activities.

Our efforts at the international level have been intensified. We have to date formally and on numerous occasions engaged our counterparts in the Peoples Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. We managed within this short space of time to prepare the draft Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)s on wildlife trafficking and enforcement which we hope to sign during the first half of this year - 2012. Both these countries have pledged their commitment to partner with us in addressing this scourge.

With regards to the Bilateral on Safety and Security between South Africa and Mozambique, at officials‟ level a discussion on cross-border law enforcement took place. We will escalate this to the level of Ministers. We will cooperate with SAPS in finalizing a strategy on cross-border law enforcement involving wildlife issues.

The Department has also played an active role and contributed to international meetings and forums including INTERPOL Wildlife Crime meetings, Rhinoceros Task Force of CITES, regional Rhino and Elephant Security Group and Rhino Management Group.

You may be aware that in mid-November last year the People‟s Republic of China seized 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets worth R18, 17 million in Hong Kong. We are currently finalising the due process in collaboration with the judiciary in Hong Kong that will allow us to take samples of the DNA. That will enable the determination of the actual origin of the seized rhino horns and contribute to evidence in court proceedings which will ensue.

On the 30 September 2011, I published for public comment, the proposed amendments to the norms and standards for the marking of rhinoceros horn and hunting of white rhinoceros for trophy hunting. Interested and affected parties were given 30 days to submit their comments or inputs.

My Department evaluated the comments that were received during the comment period and dully effected amendments that will be scrutinised by the relevant cooperative governance structures. Once the consultative process is finalised, I will consider and publish the final amendments for implementation.

These proposed amendments will strengthen provisions relating to marking of horns and or live rhino specimens, the supervision of hunts, the transport of the horn subsequent to the hunt, reporting and monitoring, verification of hunters, and the provisions relating to the taking of samples for DNA profiling.

The Dehorning impact study which was completed did assist in determining whether Dehorning is a viable intervention to address the risks relating to poaching.

The study indentified the need to urgently conduct further research, with cooperation of private rhino owners, to gain empirical data on the efficacy of rhino dehorning as a means of reducing poaching threat, and on potential impacts on social behaviour and reproductive output.

Similarly, research is required to better understand poacher behaviour and the drivers thereof to identify the extent to which dehorning is likely to act as a meaningful deterrent.
Some of the key findings of the study include the following:
 The decision of whether to dehorn a rhino population or not depends on a number of factors, including the level of the poaching threat, the level of security in place, the availability of funds and the size, location and distribution of the rhino population in question.
 Due to the invasive nature of, and expense associated with dehorning, the intervention should only be considered under conditions of relatively severe poaching threat.
 Dehorning should only be considered where a baseline level of security is in place, otherwise rhinos are highly likely to be poached, regardless of their horn status.
 Where there is no realistic expectation of implementing adequate security in a reasonable time frame to protect vulnerable populations, translocating rhinos to more secure locations is preferable to dehorning.
 If dehorning is to be undertaken, an attempt should be made to dehorn the entire adult population in small populations, although the practicality of total dehorning will depend on various factors including terrain, habitat and rhino density.
 All dehorning should be done in as short a time as possible to minimize potential behavioural impacts associated with having some individual rhinos horned and others without horns, although such impacts are not necessarily significant.
 In larger reserves/populations, dehorning can be practiced strategically to reduce the vulnerability of highly visible individual rhinos along boundaries, fence lines and roads.
 The ideal frequency of re-dehorning will depend on the level of threat: under conditions of severe threat, rhinos should be re-dehorned every 12-24 months, under conditions of intermediate threat 24-36 months should suffice
 Dehorning is likely to be most effective if practiced by all, or a significant proportion of the rhino owners / reserves in a given area.
 All dehorning should be accompanied by publicity drives to ensure that poachers are well aware that the reserve in question is „horn-free‟, to prevent a lag effect whereby poachers continue to target the area in the belief that the rhinos there are horned.
 Where sufficient funds are available for top quality security, dehorning may not be necessary.
In essence, ladies and gentlemen, the dehorning impact study reveals that dehorning cannot be considered as the only security intervention. The decisions to dehorn a rhino population or not will therefore depend on a number of factors, including:
 the level of the poaching threat
 the level of security in place
 the availability of funds and
 the size, location and distribution of the rhino population in question.

The feasibility study to determine the viability of legalising trade in rhino horn within South Africa that relates to the national moratorium currently in place, has been initiated and it is anticipated that the study will be concluded by August 2012.

The following issues will be addressed in that study:
 Trends in local (national) trade in rhino horn prior to the February 2009 moratorium.
 Trends in the incidences of poaching and trophy hunting of rhinos prior to- and subsequent to the national moratorium, and relative to changes in laws pertaining to trophy hunting.
 The scale and scope of the potential market for rhino horn in South Arica.
 The implications of lifting the national moratorium on rhino trade in South Africa, including risks.

The Global market research study relating to rhino horn was advertised. Unfortunately, a suitable service provider was not found and the department will consider alternatives to ensure that the study is initiated as soon as possible.
The main aim of the study is to investigate the current markets (illegal markets) and to determine the drivers and trends associated with these markets. The information will assist in focusing interventions in terms of enforcement in “consumer” states and will identify the areas requiring further cooperation and collaboration between South Africa and these countries.

With regard to the proposed moratorium on hunting, I have consulted with my provincial colleagues regarding the matter and decided not to effect a blanket moratorium at this moment. We have however agreed that I should reserve the right to implement any such or associated measures in targeted areas, environments and or provinces where such will be necessary. My department will pursue a halt to the issuance of hunting permits to hunters coming from countries that do not have appropriate legislation to monitor whether the trophy is used for the purpose as reflected on the permits.

It is clear that we need to continue working with all stakeholders and our entire South African society, if this war on rhino poaching is to be won. It is clear that this is an organised crime. And in dealing with organised criminals we need inputs and action from all South Africans including yourselves as members of the media.

South Africans are also urged to report any illegal rhino activities that they are aware of to 0800 205 005.

I thank you!

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Phakamile Hlubi | 17 min

Police have said they arrested a man for illegally possessing rhino horn in Kameeldrift, Pretoria.

An officer was driving on Wewer Road when he saw the suspect carrying a heavy black bag.

He gave chase and the suspect allegedly threw something out of the bag into the bush.

After he was apprehended, the officer went back to the bush and found three rhino horns of different lengths as well as a cell phone and torch.

The police’s Katlego Mogale said, “The suspect has been arrested and will face charges of illegal possession of rhino horns and will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court soon.”

Meanwhile, the Private Rhino Association’s Pelhalm Jones said nine poachers have been arrested so far in Limpopo and the North West in the last five days in a joint operation with the Hawks.

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Phakamile Hlubi | 59 min

Collaborations with private game farmers is paying off in the fight against rhino poaching, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

Nine suspected poachers were arrested in Limpopo and the North West over the past four days.

Two vehicles, weapons and rhino horns were also confiscated in the operations.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said, “We are on the heels of a 10th person. We hope to have him by the end of the day [Tuesday].”

However, the arrests come after a rhino was killed and dehorned near Mossel Bay over the weekend.

In 2011, some 448 rhinos were killed in South Africa.

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Media Release: 75 years for 3 poachers
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Date: 1st February 2012

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today (31 January 2012) that three Rhino poachers from Mozambique were found guilty of illegal rhino hunting at Phalaborwa Regional Court and sentenced to a maximum of 25 years imprisonment each.

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today (31 January 2012) that three Rhino poachers from Mozambique were found guilty of illegal rhino hunting at Phalaborwa Regional Court and sentenced to a maximum of 25 years imprisonment each. A fourth suspected poacher died in custody in 2011 after attempting to escape. The three poachers found guilty are Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloyi.

According to Dr David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks the accused were arrested on 10 July 2010 in Mooiplaas, Kruger National Park. “They were found with two freshly chopped rhino horns, an assault rifle, a hunting rifle and an axe.” The poachers admitted to camping in the Kruger National Park prior to poaching the Rhinos.

The poachers were found guilty on 4 counts:

Illegal hunting of a rhino – 10 years imprisonment with an option of a R100 000 fine.
Possession of a prohibited firearm (automatic rifle) – 15 years imprisonment.
Possession of a firearm (hunting rifle) – 8 years imprisonment.
Possession of ammunition – 15 years imprisonment.

Last year 232 suspected poachers were arrested, of which 26 were fatalities. Dr Mabunda said “the sentencing of these poachers is an indication that as a country we are taking more stringent measures in the fight against rhino poaching. I am glad the sentence is harsher than it has been in the past.”

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Gabrielle Venter: Manager; Media and Stakeholder Relations
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Tel: (012) 426-5065 or Cell: 083 825-9435
Email: Gabrielle.venter@sanparks.org

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5 suspected rhino poachers arrested

Johannesburg - Five suspected rhino poachers will appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, North West police said.

The men, aged between 43 and 59, were arrested on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

"I am reluctant to even say where they were arrested because it might compromise future operations."

The Star reported on Wednesday that the suspected poachers had been involved in a shoot-out with police in an area known to hold rhinos. They were arrested and a .458-calibre rifle and 14 rounds of ammunition seized.

SA National Parks said on Tuesday that 52 rhinos had been killed this year. The hardest hit areas continued to be the Kruger National Park and Limpopo with 26 and 13 rhinos poached there respectively.

SANParks CEO David Mabunda said conservation agencies and the police were seeing increasing co-operation from the public.

"The difficulty is pinning a suspected criminal to the actual crime because we are dealing with very wily and sophisticated individuals."

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Date: 22nd February 2012

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) discovered a dead body of someone who is believed to be a fish suspected poacher who was attacked by a buffalo on February 21, 2012 at Mphongolo River inside the Park. The body was discovered after it was reported to the Chief of Mavilingwe Village, an area south of Punda Maria Gate and the case was referred to the local Police Station and Rangers for further investigation.

Three individuals who are currently fish poaching suspects and were with the deceased yesterday when he met his untimely death tried to carry him after the attack but eventually left him under the tree to go and seek assistance. Upon receiving the news, the police together with KNP Rangers immediately rushed to the area and upon arrival, they discovered that the man had passed on already.

According to the three suspects who were with the deceased, the four men entered the park in the afternoon of February 21, 2012 to go fishing in the river illegally using gill nets. Whilst on the way there, they came across a single buffalo bull sleeping under the trees, but it woke up and charged them upon detecting their movements. They all ran to different directions. The three surviving suspects managed to escape the buffalo but the deceased was not lucky as he happened to be the target of the buffalo which viciously attacked him over a long distance until he met his untimely death. It was only after the surviving suspects ran home for assistance and that is when the case was reported to the police on the same night.

“On behalf of SANParks, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one”, said the KNP’s HOD: Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa. He went on to send a strong warning to poachers to stay away from the Park as there are dangerous wild animals roaming around. “Many lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals due to people not taking the necessary precautions”, concluded Mr Mabasa.

Issued by:
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

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Hi,
Last night I watched a program here in the USA about Rhino poaching in South Africa. Showed a Rhino staggering about with flesh dangling where its horn once was. The poachers darted this animal, chopped off its horn and left it to wake up in great pain and a slow death.
The surge in Rhino killings is blamed on the Vietnamese who absurdly think that the horn is a cure for cancer. The program dealt with trained military-style operations to fight the poachers, inserting a poison into the horn (a nice surprise for the person who buys and uses the powder). And, something I don't agree with, cutting off Rhino horns and flooding the market to devalue them.
What a horrible happening that repeats almost every day.


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LOS ANGELES — Federal wildlife investigators have broken up an international smuggling ring that trafficked in sawed-off rhinoceros horns for buyers in Vietnam and China who believe they cure cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

More than 150 federal agents led raids into homes and businesses in several states over the weekend, according to the Times (http://lat.ms/w5x5no)

Three of the alleged traffickers caught in Southern California were 49-year-old Jimmy Kha, his 41-year-old girlfriend Mai Nguyen and Kha's 26-year-old son Felix. Each faces four counts of rhino horn trafficking in violation of federal laws protecting rare and endangered species.

"By taking out this ring of rhino horn traffickers, we have shut down a major source of black market horn and dealt a serious blow to rhino horn smuggling both in the U.S. and globally," U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe told the Times.

More than $1 million in cash, $1 million in gold bars, diamonds and Rolex watches, along with 20 rhino horns, were seized in the raids.

Most of the horns end up in Vietnam, or sometimes China, where there's a misconception that they can cure cancer, said Crawford Allan, North American director of TRAFFIC, a World Wildlife Fund program that monitors wildlife trade.

The wildlife service did not immediately respond to an email request for comment sent late Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The arrests and seizures resulted from an 18-month investigation, said Edward Grace, deputy chief of law enforcement for the wildlife service.

The undercover operation was forced into the open when accused trafficker Wade Steffen of Hico, Texas, and his wife and mother were found with $337,000 in their luggage at a Long Beach airport, authorities said.

During their investigation, wildlife officials said they intercepted at least 18 shipments of rhino horns from the Steffen family and the owner of a Missouri auction house that trades in live and stuffed exotic animals, according to court records. Steffen was jailed in Texas; his wife and mother weren't arrested.

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Please find below a media release on the two white rhino carcasses that were found in Kruger National Park:

TWO RHINO KILLED IN THE KNP

Two fresh white adult rhino carcasses with horns removed were discovered this morning, 28 February 2012 at Napi Boulders Loop, in the Pretoriuskop Ranger Section of the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Tourists from one of the private open safari vehicles noticed the two carcasses and immediately alerted Rangers and members of the South African Police Services who rushed to the scene. The poachers are still at large but investigations are currently underway.

“It is indeed a sad story for us to continue to report about dead rhino in the Park and we seriously appeal to the communities to begin to assist with information on the suspected poachers by reporting them to the authorities.;” said KNP HOD of Communication and Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa.

To report any environmental crime, and specifically rhino poaching information or incidents, please email antipoaching@sanparks.org or call: 082 908 3053

……Ends

For previous media statements please go to http://www.sanparks.org

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Media enquiries either:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org or Reynold ''Rey'' Thakhuli, General Manager: Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations on Tel: 012 426 5203/5170, Cell: 073 373 4999 or email rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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 Post subject: Re: Poaching - creating awareness / donations advice
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:49 am 
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With the sad news of the rhino poached at Pretoriuskop we have decided to let the cat out of the bag and let you all in on one of the cricket high points

The Virtual Region of the Sanparks Honorary Rangers ( your own forum region) have taken the present onslaught on the rhino seriously and, as you know, adopted the slogan "SANParks Bats for Rhinos" as our theme for this year's cricket.
Batting is not enough and when the need of the anti poaching folks for GPS units and kit bags became known the region rallied together and spared no effort to fill the need.

We are happy to announce that 44 Garmin Etrex 10 GPS units will be handed over to the anti poaching folks.
These units will empower rangers in the field to summons the help of the helicopters much more efficiently and provide them with an advantage over the poachers.

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A more critical need for kit bags was identified and these are on its way already through couriers. These kit bags are not your common garden variety kit bags but highly specialised hydration packs suitable for loading in the belly of the helicopter.
You can imagine when the guys are on the trail of suspected poachers things get pretty hectic and like a marathon runner they do not take time to stop and have a drink. With the hydration packs it is merely a case of bite and drink leaving their hands free to do more important things like holding a rifle.

Some of the bags:

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We would like to urge every one to show you care if not for the rhino then the folks putting their lives on the line saving them.
Please support your local Honorary Rangers

There are a lot of folks who care :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Poaching - creating awareness / donations advice
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:15 pm 
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From EWN:
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SANParks rangers behind bars
Phakamile Hlubi | 6 Hour(s) Ago

Four South African National Parks (SANParks) officials arrested in connection with rhino poaching will remain behind bars until their next court hearing on Thursday.

The four were arrested on Tuesday, after a rhino calf and its mother were found shot and dehorned in the Kruger National Park.

The Hawks’ McIntosh Polela said the men are facing charges of poaching and defeating the ends of justice.

“In the meantime we are still on the hunt for another suspect. We believe he is in possession of the weapon that brought down the rhino.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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