Hunting Outfitters Involved in Poaching

From Down the Rabbit Hole by Oxpeckers 2013:

Rogue South African trophy hunters are directly involved in ‘a mad scramble’ to poach rhinos and get their horns out of the Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources. The horns are sold illegally, which is facilitated by layers of corruption among customs officials and Mozambique’s politicians. By Fiona Macleod & Estacio Valoi

Documents in the possession of Oxpeckers show the errant trophy hunters are supplying Mozambican poachers with ammunition and helping them to sell the horns illegally. They manage to avoid apprehension by bribing local officials and courting influence with Mozambican politicians.

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The southern border of the Kruger National Park. Rangers arrested eight poaching suspects along the Crocodile river in August 2015


The hunters run safari outfits along the south-eastern border of the Kruger, and they gain access to the park through gaps in the fence between the two countries. They cannot be named owing to the seriousness of the trafficking allegations against them.

They operate in the vicinity of Corumana dam and the former Magud headquarters of Mozambique’s Renamo movement. Corumana dam is a popular destination among birders and fishers, and is being expanded to supply water to Maputo about 30km away.

“During the day Corumana is serene, but at night you hear the traffic of boats with engines plying their illegal trade. There is a mad scramble to get as many rhino horns out of the Kruger Park as possible,” said a fisherman who visited the area recently.

Independent intelligence sources have been monitoring the hunting operators since 2011. They say they have passed their information on to anti-poaching authorities in South Africa, but have received no feedback on whether it has been followed up.

Confidential documents reveal that the kingpin is a safari outfitter with a hunting concession close to Corumana dam. He regularly hunts wildlife without permits, according to intelligence, and smuggles animal trophies and rhino horns in a hidden compartment of his vehicle.

The documents implicate him directly in the poaching of rhinos in southern Kruger and the smuggling of their horns to Maputo and South Africa. He is also accused of bribing the local police chief to drop charges against poachers working with him.

Other hunters fingered in the investigation since 2011 include a safari outfit previously caught luring lions out of the Kruger for “canned” hunts, and another outfit previously implicated in ivory smuggling in Namibia. The network has formed strategic alliances with politicians and prominent business in Mozambique for protection, according to the intelligence.



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11 thoughts on “Hunting Outfitters Involved in Poaching

  1. Kathleen Colley

    If the names of these poachers and smugglers are known, why are they not in jail? This sounds crazy! Is there no judicial system in that part of the world? These monsters will just continue to kill wildlife until there are none left. Then when there are no animals, there will be no tourists! It’s a no- brainer.

  2. Andrea

    They should never have made the park cross the border to that country bad mistake.

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  5. Reblogged this on International Wildlife Bond and commented:
    Deceit and complicity abounds, from corrupt hunting Outfitters, to corrupt police and authority officials. When will this ‘madness’ end? Time for a complete ban on all trade in rhino horn, ivory, big cats, trophies…..until such time relevant governments and authorities can restore some semblance of ‘control.’

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  7. freddie williams

    South African authorities have done nothing, this is disgusting. There must be collusion here.

  8. Sheryl Schroeder

    Trophy hunting should have been banned decades ago! It’s senseless horrific violence and it’s an ugly bloodsport that is no longer socially acceptable or sustainable in today’s world. END TROPHY KILLING!

  9. Holger Krogsgaard Jensen

    I’ve been a hunting outfitter for the past 36 years, and I’m deeply ashamed of my profession being involved in both “Canned lion shooting” (remember this is NOT hunting!) and illegal hunting of rhino and other rare species. Too many dubious characters has entered our profession without a proper hunting background – they were merely in the game for the love of money, and their greed has known no boundaries.

    However – banning trophy hunting is not the answer – when I started 36 years ago, I hunted cattle farms, where game was considered a nuisance, but as it became more valuable, cattle was replaced by new species that had disappeared and a fantastic ecosystem replaced the destructiveness of domestic animals.

    Today I can proudly say that the hunting areas I present to overseas clients are run in both an ethical and responsible manner. All hunting is done on foot, and every piece of venison is fully utilized. For South Africa’s wildlife, hunting has generally been a blessing, but the corrupt regime in neighboring Mozambique has made it almost impossible for SANParks to control the poaching in the park. I know many of the people involved in the fight, and they are all very dedicated and often putting their own lives at risk. Most hunting outfitters share their concern for the future of the rhino population in Africa, and we should join hands rather than publishing cheap propaganda. Get your facts right, and see the broader picture rather than letting these few crooks become a symbol of the hunting profession.

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