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Media Release: Two suspected poachers fatally wounded in Kruger

12 January 2012

In a follow-up anti-poaching operation in the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park last night, Wednesday, 11 January 2012, Field Rangers came in contact with a group of suspected poachers.

SANParks reported that a shoot-out ensued between the Rangers and poachers. During the confrontation that happened at night two suspected poachers all from Mozambique were fatally wounded. 

The follow-up operation came as a result of a gruesome discovery of eight rhino carcasses found on Tuesday, 10 January 2011. 

According to SANParks GM: Media Liaison, Reynold Thakhuli a 375 rifle and other hunting equipment were discovered. He said an aerial search is being conducted this morning to determine if any rhino has been lost. 

SANParks regrets the death of the suspected poachers but would like to request the public to assist the police and SANParks with any information which may lead to the arrest of more would be poachers.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications 

Media enquiries:
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli – GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks Tel: 012 426 5203 Cell: 0733734999 email:   


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