Wounded poacher arrested at Hluhluwe
11 September 2013 at 09:21 by Diane Macpherson - The big news this week is the arrest of a Mozambican national - suspected of rhino poaching - following a shootout at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

The big news this week is the arrest of a Mozambican national after a shootout on Sunday in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

The man was wounded in the process and is in hospital under police guard, facing charges relating to the poaching of a white rhino in the park.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's Lawrence Munroe, the Zululand-Anti Poaching Wing coordinator, says efforts are continuing to track down the two accomplices who managed to get away.

Listen to Lawrence's update below:

I look forward to hearing more about that in time.

Sadly, to date, 63 rhinos have been poached this year in the province. 10 of these were poached in private game reserves and community conservation areas.

Thanks to all our regular donors for their contributions this week: Lol & Ali Southwick, Candice Barry, Barbara Hume, Van der Merwe; Gaye Kirk; Royal Park Security and Michele Robberts. They have been loyal donors for some months now and we really appreciate it.

Finally, if you care about wildlife, please support the Walk for Wildlife the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization is holding at the end of this month. It's a fun walk from uShaka to Suncoast aimed at raising funds and awareness for a resolution that they have submitted to the United Nations to protect captive animals in war zones.  The walk is on the 29th of September and starts at 8am, tickets are on sale at Computicket and also on the day from 7am. Walk for Wildlife tickets cost R60 and kids under 10 are free.  There will be lots of fun activities at the end for kids such as jumping castles, face painting and more. You'll find more information here.

- Diane Macpherson

(Photo: Courtesy of Project Rhino KZN)