Kruger considers cutting cell signal

Posted on 10 January 2020

General manager of communications of the Kruger National Park, Ike Phaahla, has warned against sharing selfies and images of endangered animals on social media. The geolocation can be accessed by poachers to track and kill endangered animals.

According to the Lowvelder, the Kruger National Park’s officials are considering cutting off cellphone signal within the park. This drastic step will bring an end to the possibility of people posting photos with rhinos and elephants on social media, which could put the animal in danger of being poached.

Speaking to Lowvelder Phaahla said: ‘I think people would be shocked to know that their tips on sightings are being monitored by poachers. We are talking to experts to see what can be done to curb irresponsible behaviour. Cutting off the signal might be the answer.’

The change in use of mobile technology within the park will play a valuable role in the on-going poaching crisis.

Read: New rules to deter overtourism in KNP

Image: Unsplash

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