Ranger among 4 poach­ing ar­rests

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG | South African wildlife of­fi­cials say a ranger is among four Kruger Na­tional Park work­ers ar­rested on rhinoceros-poach­ing charges.

In a state­ment Wed­nes­day, the na­tional parks depart­ment said the four were ar­rested Tues­day by of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing of two rhi­nos whose corpses were found ear­lier that day.

The an­i­mals had been shot and stripped of their horns, which are prized among some who be­lieve they have medic­i­nal pow­ers.

The parks depart­ment says the ranger ar­rested is among scores who have been strik­ing for higher pay since early Fe­bru­ary.

Across the coun­try, 80 rhi­nos have been poached since the be­gin­ning of 2012, more than half in Kruger, the coun­try’s flag­ship park.

Last year, a record 448 rhi­nos were poached in South Africa.

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