SANParks and partners to strengthen anti-poaching measures

Posted by Anita Froneman on 29 July 2021

South African National Parks (SANParks) and its security partners in the Greater Kruger region are jointly implementing a range of interventions to counter the effects of wildlife crime; in particular rhino poaching, the organisation said in a statement.

As part of several initiatives, certain entities have embarked on strategic dehorning of selected rhinos in the Greater Kruger Protected Area landscape; and these are ongoing.

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Kruger National Park (KNP) has implemented a range of integrated management actions to minimise the impact of rhino poaching such as:

  • Strategic dehorning of rhino in certain core areas of the KNP.
  • Strengthening security measures by deploying more SANDF and SAPS patrols to conduct random stop and search operations within the KNP.
  • Specialised radar, airborne and other detection technologies to even track poachers on foot.
  • Highly trained tracker dogs and hounds to track suspected poachers in the bush.
  • Continue to brief the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on the state of wildlife crime. It has been established that the loss of a cow has a compound effect since it also includes the loss of a dependant calf and future calves.  The compound effect is part of various factors that affect the population growth of rhinos apart from the immediate disruptive effect of poaching. The cows are extremely important for the overall population performance and need to be protected by introducing stiffer sentences in incidents where they have been poached for their horn and a calf is left destitute.

‘These measures are not new in the fight against the scourge of poaching but we are intensifying them to render the incursions ineffective and counter the infiltration of our Rangers Corps by criminal syndicates. The courts have imposed stiff sentences in recent trials which is welcome as it shows the seriousness of the crimes and the threat posed by the criminal syndicates to the fauna and flora of South Africa,’ said the Managing Executive of the KNP, Gareth Coleman.

SANParks said it appreciates the tourists that have reported suspicious characters which have led to successful arrests and continues to encourage communities and other members of society to assist with information so that we can get on top of this criminality. Since the beginning of July 2021, KNP has had 10 successful arrests with 7 high calibre firearms confiscated.


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