Four Kruger National Park arrested for rhino poaching
Four Kruger National Park (KNP) staff have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching.
Tourists found two fresh rhino carcasses on the Napi Boulders Loop early morning on February 28, 2012. They alerted the rangers of the Pretoriuskop section and the South African Police Service, which include the K9 Unit of Endangered Species who made the arrests in the afternoon.
According to the Lowvelder newspaper, visitors on the Sweni trail came across three rhino carcasses on Friday, February 24. The horns had been removed. The visitors were not allowed to take any photographs. Visitor, Pieter Pretorius, said the guide estimated the animals had probably been shot on the Wednesday. The Sweni trail is south of Nwanetsi in the central region of the park.Since January, 11 rhino have been killed in the Pretoriuskop section alone and 43 in the KNP. South Africa has lost 80 rhinos to poachers, while 50 arrests have been made.
"It is a very sad day for South Africa to find out that the unscrupulous and revolting hands of the poaching syndicates have stretched as far as to taint the hands of those trusted with the great responsibility of being guardians of our natural heritage'" said Dr. David Mabunda, the chief executive officer of SANParks.
"I am personally saddened to discover that some of our own would so callously abuse the confidence and faith that we have entrusted upon them," he said.
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Rhino poaching statistics in South Africa: February 29, 2012
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Arrests in South Africa: February 29, 2012
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