SOUTH AFRICA: Park staff caught poaching

Since the beginning of 2008 forty-five white rhino and two black rhino has been poached inside the Kruger National Park in South Africa said Water and Environment Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.

Two staff members of Sanparks (South African National Parks) were found with poached fauna, the first a traffic officer from the Kruger National Park who had poached Rhino horn in his possession.
The second a ranger sergeant from the Table Mountain National Park who was arrested for having poached 122 Abalone. Both staff members were fired and face criminal charges.

Since the beginning of last year, 15 Buffalo, 3 Lion, 2 Giraffe, 8 Kudu, 5 Zebra, 87 Impala, 7000 fish and several bird species and smaller antelope have been poached in the Kruger National Park.

During the same period 5 676 abalone, 20765 fish, 2677 plants, 210 rock lobster and 2 baboons have been poached in the Table Mountain National Park.

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