In a recent incident at the Addo Elephant National Park, approximately 40 black backed jackal were found dead as a result of eating poisoned meat suspected to have been scattered in the main game viewing area by a person posing as tourist. While SANParks investigators are still following up on a number of leads, it is hoped that members of the public will be able to assist with the investigation by providing information linked to the incident. The criminal motivation behind the illegal killing remains unclear.
The Wildlife Operations Group, co-ordinated by the Wilderness Foundation, has agreed to supplement the reward already offered by the Addo Elephant National Park, bringing the amount to R50 000 to be made available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. Anyone with information related to this incident, or wildlife crime in general, can contact the Wildlife Operations Group tip-off line on 078 696 9494.
The Wildlife Operations Group is a multi-agency partnership whose overarching objective is the reduction in the incidence of and the successful prosecution of wildlife related crime. The group employs a multi-disciplinary approach which includes: research and development; training and the support of investigation and operational activities in order to meet the objective.
The group is co-ordinated by the Wilderness Foundation and the other founding members are: Indalo Private Game Reserve Association, SAPS Hawks, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, South African National Parks and Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
“We appreciate the support provided by the broader conservation community here in the Eastern Cape and are confident that we will make a successful arrest related to this incident soon” says Addo Regional Ranger John Adendorf.
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