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Media Release: Three white rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park

08 January 2013

In the first incident, two white rhino were shot and killed on the Houtboschrand section of the Kruger National Park (KNP). According to Abe Sibiya, Managing Executive at KNP, “indications are that the two animals were shot on the 1st of January by a poaching group from Mozambique, their horns were removed and the group escaped”. 

In the second incident, rangers deployed in the Lower Sabie area, made contact with a group of three poachers. Shots were exchanged and the three managed to escape but left behind a high calibre hunting rifle and a bag containing a set of rhino horns. In a follow up operation, the carcass of a white rhino, with horns missing was discovered. “This is not an ideal way to start the year but the initiatives that we have put in place, especially the aerial surveillance one is teaching us a lot and we are making a lot of progress” said Sibiya. 

Issued by:

Ike Phaahla
SANParks Media Specialist
Tel: 013 735 4300, Cell: 0836736974


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