Bhejane Trust

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Yet another successful ivory poaching bust for Hwange Parks Investigations Unit, working with ZRP Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit and Main Camp rangers. They set up a sting operation and nabbed 4 persons with 3 tusks, weighing 96kg, in a vehicle near Dete township – one person escaped and is being sought. The escapee is a Forestry game scout who had masterminded the poaching operation, while one of the arrested is a woman who is the liaison between the poachers and the buyers. The owner of the vehicle is a known poacher, and the vehicle will be forfeited. These poachers are believed to be part of the Dete syndicate operating into Hwange National Park, and these arrests are another blow to the syndicate. They will appear in court shortly.