A South African National Parks (SANParks) ranger was shot and wounded in a gun fight on Sunday in the Kruger National Park (KNP) after confronting suspected poachers.
“There was a contact with three suspected poachers in the Houtboschrand section of the Park at around 17:30 hours yesterday,” said SANParks.
“During a follow-up to apprehend the suspects, a fire-fight ensued wherein Field Ranger Killers Ubisi was shot and wounded in the arm by the suspected poachers.”
He was airlifted to a medical facility in Nelspruit and is in stable condition.
During the contact, one of the poachers was fatally wounded and two managed to escape arrest.
“Field Ranger Ubisi is an endearing member of our Ranger Corps and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery,” said The KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.
“We also wish to thank all our Rangers who are in the face of these cross-fires day and night, in an attempt to protect our natural resources.”
“Our appreciation also goes out to the team who played a critical role in getting Ranger Ubisi to the safety of a hospital in time”.
No arrests were made as two of the suspected poachers managed to flee the scene, but SANParks with the support of the South African Police Service are currently conducting investigations into the incident.
“SANParks remains committed to doing everything in its power to fight the scourge of poaching,” concluded Phillips.
– Caxton News Service