1 004 rhino poached in 2013, most at Kruger 1 004 rhino poached in 2013, most at Kruger
Fury as rhino-hunting permit sold Fury as rhino-hunting permit sold
Seven of them were killed on Friday and Saturday, SANParks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said in a statement.
Four hunting rifles, ammunition, poaching equipment and a pair of horns were seized.
The poachers were killed by park rangers and members of the SA National Defence Force, in an attempt to curb rhino poaching in the park, Thakhuli said.
“They [poachers] operate in groups of four to six and are aggressive and engage and shoot at the rangers on sight, creating a daily life-threatening situation.”
Thakhuli said two other poachers were arrested and eight firearms were seized in January.
“Up to 15 heavily armed groups operate in the KNP at any given time, especially during the full moon…