A warrior has fallen – game ranger shot dead in Greater Kruger

Posted on 28 July 2022 By David Henning

‘Last night we lost a leader amongst our ranger community,’ The Game Rangers Association of South Africa announced after Head Ranger at Timbavati Private Game Reserve Anton Mzimba was shot dead on Tuesday 26 July.

Anton dedicated 25 years of his life to Timbavati, who referred to him as a ‘wildlife warrior’. He once said: ‘I’m a hero. I’m not shy to say to myself, that I’m a hero. Because I know that the poacher, before he shoots at the rhino, is going to shoot at me first.’

Prince William, who met Anton, demanded ‘justice’ in a tweet and stated that he was ‘saddened to learn of the killing Anton’.

Details surrounding his death remain unclear, but he leaves behind a family in need. A fundraising page has been set up by Timbavati to support Anton’s family and his legacy.

Picture: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve


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