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Kruger National Park (KNP) Ranger Corps received certificates for tactical casualty care training and
first aid equipment to the value of R166 600 on Monday, 5 June 2023; as part of the ‘ground
mobility’ capacity and support in the anti-poaching operations inside the park. Funding for the
training and equipment was made possible by the Conservation Risk Initiative (CRI) and Noctuam
Poaching Prevention Academy (Noctuam Training Academy Pty Ltd) through facilitation by the
Mdluli Safari Lodge, a private concession located in the Pretoriuskop section of the park.
Donated equipment included backpacks, boots, hydration bags, compasses, handcuffs, and torches,
which will all be used during patrols and other vital anti-poaching work in the KNP.
“What a rewarding gesture for our Rangers to have received training and equipment from Noctuam
and CRI as we mark World Environment Day this month. The safety of Rangers remains a priority;
therefore, the training and equipment received will considerably enhance the effectiveness of the
team as they need tools to survive out there during operations within their responsibility day and
night,” said the KNP Managing Executive, Oscar Mthimkhulu.
As part of their community public-private partnership initiative, the Mdluli Safari Lodge management
initially linked KNP management with CRI and Noctuam Training Academy in 2019, with the aim of
facilitating projects towards the anti-poaching efforts; and they donated the first batch of ranger
equipment that year.
“We appreciate this relationship which culminated in further donation and look forward to more
collaborations. This serves as great motivation for our Rangers in ensuring they minimise possible
injuries or risks by being equipped with bush survival skills”; concluded Mthimkhulu.