The SANParks Honorary Rangers is a SANParks volunteer organisation, functioning according to an official agreement with SANParks. The team provides the people of South Africa and their business community with the opportunity to tirelessly support our national parks.
The SANParks Honorary group are unpaid volunteers who freely offer their time to support wildlife conservation in South Africa’s National Parks.
At the end of October, the Lowveld Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers arranged a snare removal in the Kruger National Park. A total of 14 members from the Johannesburg South Region accompanied them on this, together with other members from East Rand Region and Johannesburg Region. The SHR’s set up camp at the K9 Centre near Phabeni gate.
Groups of around seven or eight members accompanied by armed SANParks Rangers patrolled different areas close to the perimeter where snares are known to be placed.
Over the weekend, invasive alien plants were also removed along the Sabie River. In total, 284 snares, two dens and two predator cages were found, which shows the scale of the problem at hand. About 25 impala and buffalo carcasses were found in some of these traps.
“There are a lot of dedicated and passionate people involved in this operation, who give up their own time, and the weekend illustrated how much help is required. Thanks to Lowveld Region and K9 unit for arranging this thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful weekend,” says the SANParks Honorary Rangers.
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