Eight rhino poachers arrested in Kruger Park

24 October 2018 - 11:43 By Nico Gous
AWE Telemetry Systems handed over 3 GPS harnesses to the SANParks anti-poaching K9 unit, enabling the K9s to be electronically tracked when deployed in the bush, these harnesses are increasing the efficiency and safety of the K9 units.
AWE Telemetry Systems handed over 3 GPS harnesses to the SANParks anti-poaching K9 unit, enabling the K9s to be electronically tracked when deployed in the bush, these harnesses are increasing the efficiency and safety of the K9 units.
Image: SANParks via Facebook

Eight rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday.

SANParks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla said they were arrested during counter-poaching operations inside the park.

“During the operations‚ three heavy-calibre hunting rifles‚ ammunition as well as various other poaching-related equipment were recovered‚” said Phaahla.

“The rhino poaching related arrests took place in three different sections of the park and were a joint effort by the SANParks rangers‚ special rangers‚ K9 and air support units.”

Managing executive Glenn Phillips said the park “continues to experience a number of incursions and many other poaching-related activities on a daily basis".

“We call upon poachers to weigh the risks of getting caught - and we assure them that the gap is closing in on them‚” warned Phillips.

SANParks confirmed last week that a pipe bomb found by rangers in the park on October 12 was homemade.

Phaahla said rangers who were patrolling with dogs spotted two “suspicious individuals” hiding in a pipeline underneath a railway line. The rangers noticed that the device was linked to a battery. The bomb squad was summoned and identified the device as a pipe bomb. It was detonated at the scene. 

X