Rhino poachers Kruger National Park

rhino poachers who were armed with a high calibre rifle. Image: Stock/ Canva

Rangers face off with rhino poachers in Kruger National Park: Four dead

Two incidents in the Kruger National Park in a space of five days once again highlighted the dangerous conditions rangers operate under.

Rhino poachers Kruger National Park

rhino poachers who were armed with a high calibre rifle. Image: Stock/ Canva

Two incidents in the Kruger National Park in a space of five days once again highlighted the dangerous conditions rangers operate under.

In particularly, they demonstrate the threats rangers face against suspected poachers.

Incursions on the eastern boundary remain relentless and the anti-poaching units have been under immense pressure as it addresses these.

SANParks is also exploring numerous interventions which includes community mobilisation and support to push back against the threats poaching presents.

Poachers armed with a high calibre rifles

On Friday, 14 June, just prior to sunset, rangers made contact with a group of suspected rhino poachers who were armed with a high calibre rifle, an axe and other poaching equipment.

One of the suspects was fatally wounded on contact while the others escaped.

A rifle and ammunition were recovered at the scene. 

Late on the evening of 18 June, rangers encountered another armed group of suspected rhino poachers.

During the contact, three of the suspects were fatally wounded, and a heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and other poaching equipment were seized.

Both incidents are currently being investigated by the South African Police Service (SAPS) while the field rangers are receiving counselling.

Kruger National Park Emergency Hotline: 013 7354325 or 013 7350197 or 076 8019679

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