Coast KZN

15 Apr 2021

New anti-poaching unit fights for wildlife

Conelia Harry (Zululand Observer) Picture: Zululand Wildlife Crime Operations enjoyed major success during its first anti-poaching operation on the Mhlathuze River

Three suspected poachers were arrested last weekend when new anti-poaching unit Zululand Wildlife Crime Operations began operations on the Mhlathuze River. The new team also recovered 11 makeshift poacher’s boats, 20-gill nets of various lengths, 70 dead fish, and released 70 others back into the water.

As Mhlathuze River is one of the hardest-hit poaching areas, efforts to deter illegal activities were heightened as fish use the area to spawn.

As a new group, Zululand Wildlife Crime Operations aims to expand its volunteer services into different areas, and is working on generating income for the operations.