Sniffer dogs tracked down a group of poachers suspected of being responsible for killing several rhinos at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Park officials confirmed that three men had been arrested on Wednesday.
Rangers carrying out aerial surveillance after receiving reports of a tourist hearing gunshots at the Kruger National Park in South Africa spotted a carcass and an injured rhino on Friday morning.
They discovered two more dead rhinos in the same area, resulting in the National Park deploying more rangers, sniffer dogs, and another helicopter. A spokesperson for the Kruger National Park said: "The hounds indicated a specific area where three suspects were found and arrested." The world-famous National Park and popular tourist hotspot borders Mozambique.
The three suspects were reportedly all Mozambican nationals who were in South Africa illegally, they were found carrying a high-calibre hunting rifle, ammunition, and three rhino horns.
The rhino population at the Kruger National Park has decreased dramatically over recent years due to heavy poaching. The park's estimated rhino population in 2021 was 3,529 white and 268 black rhinos, down more than half compared to 2013.
South Africa is home to nearly 80 percent of the world's rhino population.