The South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) team and rangers arrested four suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday, 10 July 2010. The suspected poachers were found in possession of two freshly chopped rhino horns, AK 47 assault and a Mosin Nagant bolt action rifles (both with ammunition) and an axe.
In the course of the operation, rangers found a newly killed rhino carcass with horns already chopped off. The four suspected poachers were found immediately after near the Manyeleti Dam and arrested on the spot.
The four suspects, who are all of Mozambican origin, admitted to having camped in the park overnight. It is suspected that they may be linked to other poaching incidents in the park.
Dr David Mabunda, Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, made a further request to members of the public to continue assisting authorities by reporting any suspicious behaviour.
“It is unfortunate that we could not save this young rhino female in time but are convinced that with the added pressure we are putting in protecting our resources the poachers are feeling the pressure and we will prevail”, said Dr Mabunda.
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