Gov’t fires warning shot to poachers

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Gov’t fires warning shot to poachers
Gov’t fires warning shot to poachers

Africa-Press – South-Sudan. The Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism has begun extensive operations to combat rampant poaching to protect endangered species.

Well-trained rangers have now been deployed, especially around the most suspected game parks and trafficking routes within the country, to deal with rampant illegal business, Maj. Gen. Khamis Adieng Ding, Director-General of the Wildlife Service, revealed.

Speaking exclusively to The City Review on Wednesday, Gen Adieng said the move was one of the Wildlife Services’ strategies in 2022.

The service aims to protect the endangered species, in addition to the anticipated mass awareness campaign and the incorporation of the wildlife lessons into the schools’ curricula.

The activity, which has just begun, has resulted in the arrest of a couple of poachers awaiting legal trials in South Sudan’s court of law, some of whom were members of organised forces.

“We have started updating the laws to match the prevailing situation. Our colleagues from other forces violate our laws,” said Maj. Gen. Adieng.

Recently, the wildlife security personnel seized several wildlife products at the South Sudan – Sudan border town of Renk County in Upper Nile State. The trophies allegedly originated from Jonglei State and were en route to Sudan.

These included over 250 skins of crocodiles, hides of hippopotamus, and over 300 skins of python. Some 379 hides from different wild animals were also seized at Juba International Airport last year.

While some citizens poach for domestic consumption, others do it for commercial purposes that also involve foreign smugglers who use the Juba airport and porous borders as traffic outlets, authorities say.

“As [poachers] become very active, we also become active. So we are now available everywhere because it is the dry season… The operation is very successful, and I think they are fulfilling the role they were designed for, ” said Maj. Gen. Adieng.

South Sudan has more than six national parks and more than 13 game reserves providing a home to endangered species such as elephants, cheetahs, ostriches, crocodiles, and pangolins, among others.

Some national parks in South Sudan are Boma National Park where most of the poaching has been taking place, Bandingilo National Park, Lantoto National Park, Nimule National Park, and Shambe National Park.

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