6 February 2013

New Kruger security measures implemented to fight rhino poaching

South African National Parks is implementing new security measures at its security gates in the Kruger National Park to fight rhino poaching.

One of the rhino protection units in the Kruger National Park One of the rhino protection units in the Kruger National Park

A new crop of trained rangers has been deployed to assist with policing and security at all the Kruger National Park’s main entrance gates – Wanda Mkutshulwa, SANParks head of communications.

Wanda Mkutshulwa, South African National Parks (SANParks) head of communications, said a new crop of trained rangers has been deployed to assist with policing and security at all the Kruger National Park’s main entrance gates.

‘These rangers will help with search and seizure duties where necessary, as well as the arrest of offenders,’ she said.

The deployment forms part of a wider security strategy to fight rhino poaching in the park. ‘It is no secret that the Kruger National Park has borne the brunt of rhino poaching activities in recent times,’ she said.

The measures are aimed at bringing down the number of animals being lost to illegal hunting - much of which, according to SANParks, is emanating from the Kruger National Park’s eastern border with Mozambique.

The new rangers have been trained in customer etiquette and the handling of sniffer dogs. 

‘Our tracker dogs have been instrumental in the many successful anti-poaching operations and we therefore have decided to use sniffer dogs at our gates,’ she said.

The deployment of the rangers is with immediate effect.