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S/Africa arrest 129 rhino poachers

Some 129 suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in South Africa since the beginning of the year, the Environmental Affairs Ministry has confirmed.According to the ministry on Wednesday, 58 of the illegal hunters were arrested in the world famous Kruger National Park, the country’s largest nature sanctuary north of the country bordering Mozambique.

SANParks, the body that manages the country’s nature parks, confirmed the arrest of three suspected poachers in the Lebombo Conservancy area of Mozambique following a recent joint operation involving game park rangers from South Africa and Mozambique.

In the encounter, the authorities confiscated a hunting rifle and poaching equipment, SANParks officials said.

They added that since January 2013, a total of 446 rhino have been poached across the country. The Kruger National Park has lost 280 rhino to the poachers, while the number of rhino poached in North West Province has increased to 50.

Some 45 rhino have been poached in the provinces of Limpopo, 38 in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 in Mpumalanga, two in the Eastern Cape and one in Gauteng.

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