infamous Kruger Park Ranger gunned down outside his home

This week, July 31, International Ranger Day, was marked by the death of Anton Mzimba, a renowned ranger from the Timbavati Private Reserve in the Kruger Park, murdered outside his home in South Africa.

as reported from Johannesburg, Roman song

Figure of documentaries and reports, medal winner for his work, Anton Mzimba was killed after 25 years of service. He was a security officer at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Kruger Park in northern South Africa. If the reason for the killing is not known, Anton Mzimba knew he was under threat because of his commitment. His murder highlights the risks these defenders of wildlife run.

“The one I fear most is man,” he said. However, the ranger had spent his life rubbing shoulders with lions and elephants. But it was many men, three in number, who shot him in front of his home and shot his wife.

Anton Mzimba knew he was risking his life. He defined himself as a nature hero. This ranger has constantly warned about the intensification of poaching, especially of rhino horn. In 2021, 450 rhinos were killed in South Africa, a 13% increase from 2020.

Threatened or bribed Because they are obstacles in the way of poachers, rangers are threatened or bribed to facilitate traffic. “The murder of Anton Mzimba highlights the daily dangers rangers face to protect our nature,” South Africa’s environment minister responded. The United Kingdom, prince william praised the courage of the ranger he knew.

I am deeply saddened to hear about the killing of Anton Mzimba, who I spoke to in November. Dedicated and brave, rangers like Anton are central to the conservation of Africa’s amazing wildlife. Those responsible must be quickly brought to justice. My thoughts are with his family. W

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 27, 2022 Between June 2021 and today, around 100 rangers have lost their lives in Africa, many of them in homicides.

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