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5th May 2011

South Africa's army has been asked to help rid the Kruger National Park of rhino poachers

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been asked by South African National Parks (SANParks) to help protect the country's national parks and wildlife, with particular focus on the Kruger National Park.

The SANDF has been stationed in the Kruger close to where the park borders Mozambique and Zimbabwe for little over a month, yet at the end of April they has reported a total of four arrests. Those arrested were found in possession a hunting rifle, binoculars, axe and cell phones.

Lindiwe Sisulu, South African Minister of Defence said, “Our national parks are major assets, and we will protect them for the future and those who pose any threats to our animals will meet the full might of the law. We have declared war with poachers in all our parks”

Last year a total of 333 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa, 146 of which were in Kruger National Park.

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