Partners in Crime Fighting: U.S. and South Africa Tackle Poachers

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife members together with South Africa Police Service member looking at donated equipment
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife members together with South Africa Police Service member looking at donated equipment

At a July 1 ceremony in Durban’s Beachwood Nature Reserve, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife received more than four million Rand worth of anti-poaching equipment from the United States government. The donated equipment includes night-vision goggles, vehicle GPS systems, portable x-ray units, binoculars, cameras, two-way radios, and metal detectors.  This equipment will assist rangers in their daily patrols and aid in investigations of suspected poachers.

SAPS Detective Warrant Officer, van Rooyen explaining to CG Chisholm, how this equipment will boost their efforts to fight wildlife trafficking
SAPS Detective Warrant Officer, van Rooyen explaining to CG Chisholm, how this equipment will boost their efforts to fight wildlife trafficking

When addressing guests, U.S. Consul General, Frances Chisholm said the U.S. government recognizes wildlife trafficking as a form of transnational organized crime.  “Well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized networks of criminals profit

from wildlife trafficking, like other forms of transnational organized criminal activity such as drug and arms trafficking and money laundering. For these reasons, the United States addresses wildlife trafficking not only as a conservation issue but also a national security, corruption, and law enforcement issue.”

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