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Poacher ‘trampled to death’ by herd of elephants in the Kruger

A group of poachers in the Kruger saw one of their accomplices get flattened by elephants over the weekend, following an unsuccessful attempt to steal ivory tusks from the beloved animals.

According to a statement released by SANParks, two other suspects survived after they were forced to flee. Quite literally, the hunters became the hunted. One poacher escaped with an eye injury, and another has been arrested by Park Rangers.

“SANParks has reported the death of a suspected poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) – and the arrest of one accomplice – which took place on 17 April. The deceased and his accomplices were fleeing from Rangers when they ran into a breeding herd of elephants.”

“Field Rangers were out on a routine patrol at the Phabeni area when they detected incoming spoor and made a follow up in pursuit of the suspects. One of the suspects was arrested following assistance from the Airwing and K9 unit.”

OTHER ACCOMPLICES GET OUT ALIVE – BUT JUSTICE LOOMS

However, the poacher who lost his life went out in a very undignified manner. He was ‘badly trampled’, and died at the scene from multiple injuries. After encountering these elephants, it turns out this guy DID NOT have ‘herd immunity’…

Executive of the Kruger National Park, Gareth Coleman, congratulated all those involved in the arrests. He hailed the teamwork and dedication of the rangers who serve in South Africa’s largest game reserve – and also confirmed that the search continues for suspect number three.

“The suspect informed the rangers that the group had run into a herd of elephants and was not sure if his accomplice had managed to escape. The Rangers discovered his accomplice badly trampled and who had unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The third suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but continued to flee.”

News: Another fire has broken out at the Kruger National Park.

Berg en Dal restaurant is currently on fire in the Kruger National Park.

According to a statement from the Kruger National Park, “Rest camp staff, contractors and other people are currently busy trying to extinguish the fire which is contained in a section of the facility. There are currently no details yet as what could have caused the fire.
Fire investigators will be called on site to shed more light on what could have caused the fire. The facility has been extensively damaged and further updates will be provided as they come to light.”

This is the second fire in less than a week. On Wednesday evening a fire broke out at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.

 

News: Massive fire at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.

On Wednesday evening a fire broke out at the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park.

Firefighting teams from Olifants and Phalaborwa were on the scene and the fire was brought under control with no casualties reported.

 

The TV room and the shop at the Letaba camp was destroyed in the fire.

 

News: What is going on in the Kruger National Park?

On 29 August, Fundisile Mketini, head of SANParks, released a statement saying that some of the parks, especially Kruger, were facing logistical challenges, because of a unfinished maintenance work, refurbishing of accommodation and the fact that “the majority of units that were unoccupied during lockdown were damaged, mainly by primates, squirrels and bats.” SA People reported.

James Lorimer, DA Shadow Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement, “ There are a growing number of reports that indicate apparent management failure in the Kruger National Park,” adding that he would write to the parliamentary portfolio committee to find out from Mketini what was going on.

Lorimer asked the following questions:

  • Why an extensive refurbishment was planned all at once;
  • Why was guest accommodation being blocked by staff using it;
  • Why were cleaning staff not able to operate even two weeks after lockdown was eased;
  • and how much accommodation was damaged by animals and was this due to lack of supervision.

“A significant part of the park’s overnight accommodation is not available for rental to guests.”He added

Despite being mandated to increase visitor numbers, the park is now saying:

  • Some staff had been moved into guest accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown;
  • “Much needed refurbishment” is underway and SANParks only expected tourism to re-open in mid-September;
  • 2 Rest camps are only open for minimal accommodation (one of them being Skukuza, one of the largest camps);
  • 3 other camps are entirely closed and one will only reopen between mid-October and the second week of November; and
  • The SANParks CEO says “the bulk” of unoccupied units have suffered animal damage during lockdown and are being repaired.

Legal Action againts customer complaints

As to the legal action SANParks said it was taking against customers, Lorimer said the park spending public money to sue customers seemed to lack any sense of proportion.

“If there has been racist offence, as has been alleged, then there are other ways of dealing with this. This is equivalent to a restaurant or hotel suing a customer for a bad review on social media. What this action does do is make the Park management look like its being unnecessarily defensive and it is in the public interest to know why.”he said

News: SANParks to Lay Charges After Defamatory Postings about Kruger National Park Accommodation.

SANParks has announced that it will be laying charges against individuals who posted allegedly racist and defamatory remarks about the Kruger National Park’s accommodation, SA People reported.

South African National Parks (SANParks) tweeted that in “light of the racist, factually incorrect and defamatory postings” made by some social media users, regarding the Kruger’s accommodation, “SANParks has consulted with its legal advisors to lay both criminal and civil charges against the identified individuals.

SANParks said the charges will be laid “to maintain the integrity of the organization and to teach those who distribute false news a lesson.”

Rumours of staff refusing to leave accommodation

 The announcement apparently follows comments made and rumours spread on SANParks, Kruger National Park private group page, that staff were refusing to return to their staff accommodation from the SANParks accommodation where they had been staying during Lockdown to ensure safe social distancing.

“There have been comments on the Facebook page by two individuals whom we named alleging that there is no accommodation in Skukuza because it had been turned into a squatter camp by employees who were refusing to move back to their living quarters,” Ike Phaahla Communications and Marketing Manager at Kruger National Park told Getaway.

This is after Truter reposted an allegation seemingly made by Leslie on a Facebook group, saying: “Don’t waste your time trying to book a Charlet or Rondavel anywhere in KNP! They are all occupied by the workers of Sanparks! They took occupancy and refuse to move! Now paying clients can’t book cause it full! Another heritage side turned into a Squatter camp free of charge! Our tax money pays for their occupancy!”

 Phaahla told Getaway: “The post was factually incorrect, racist and misleading. It defamed the organisation alleging incompetence by management and insinuating that employees were not following protocols.”

Accommodation booking issues

 The organisation added that accommodation is available on first come first basis in all Kruger National Parks Rest camps but it seems there have been a number of incidents reported on social media of Sanparks cancelling bookings in the Kruger National Park.

Sources: SA People, Getaway, Facebook

Kruger News: Warthogs steal and eat cheetah’s meal

The video was taken by 41-year-old Shakera Kaloo, who had the opportunity to witness the rare sighting on June 18.

Kaloo said the sighting was unusual and interesting.

“Even more surprising than seeing warthogs at an impala catch was the fact that the cheetah did not even fight to protect the meal once the warthogs advanced closer to the food and instead walked way, submitting the impala to the warthogs.

“We’ve never seen a warthog doing this — nor did we know that warthogs eat meat from a carcass. The sighting ended with the cheetah walking away from the kill. It walked along the side and sat on the signpost before moving off into the bush.”

Source: TimesLive

Meet the “Jock’s of the bushveld”

Meet the “Jock’s of the bushveld”

 “Jock’s of the bushveld”

We all loved the true story of Jock of the bushveld, written by South African author Sir James Percy Fitzgerald,

who told us about his travels with Jock in the late 1800’s. The braveness of Jock and how he saved

Fitzgerald’s life on so many different occasions brings back fond memories of this heroic book.

These incredible dogs are being trained to combat poaching in South Africa and are saving the lives of our precious wildlife.

Meet the “Jock’s of the bushveld”2

With new technologies constantly being developed to try and combat poaching in the Kruger National Park, hunting dogs are proving to be extremely effective.

All around the country, special training facilities have been established to equip the canines with the skills they require to help with the conservation effort.

“Our canine training facility has deployed dogs right throughout the African continent, both in law enforcement as well as anti-poaching operations.

We’ve deployed dogs as far afield as Malaysia, so our footprint is quite wide and diverse.” explains Eric Ichikowitz, Senior Vice President of the Paramount Group.

 

These trained dogs have become the foot soldiers to protect our wildlife against poaching.

Anne Kruger, from the K9 Conservation Unit describes how the dogs are reacting to their work.

 

“They find great joy out of doing what they are born to and meant to do, which is hunting.

And they love having that bond with a handler as well, the need to have a purpose.”

 

This incredible team are considered to be the best anti-poaching unit on the continent.

The Communications and Marketing Manager at the Kruger National Park, Ike Phaalhla explains the effectiveness of these hunting dogs, “Over 90% of the arrests that have been affected thus far in the Kruger National Park since 2011 have been through the assistance of the canine unit.”

 

Sources: goodthingsguy, CNN

Photo Credit: Goodthingsguy, CNN – Inside Africa

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