Monday, 13 November 2017 by Staff Writer
Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa deals with the poaching problem on a daily basis. The park, has lost a staggering total of nine rhinos in eight weeks.
Back packs sponsored by SANPArks Honorary Rangers were given to a team of Ranger dog handlers after they completed another week of assessments. Assessment occurs 3x/year. The dogs are reassessed with regard to their health, obedience, and discipline.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Meet Arrow and his handler, Henry Holtshyzen. Harnessed together, they take off across the vast wildlife preserve. Arrow seems unperturbed, even as they hurl themselves out of the helicopter, falling more than 6,000 feet to earth -- and landing in the middle of the poaching wars.
July 31 is World Ranger Day, a day each year that commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. The commemoration of World Ranger Day calls for stronger penalties for poachers and an increase in the number of rangers.