To kill rhinos, Mozambican poachers appear to prefer hunting rifles over other firearms available to them. There is evidence that Czech CZ 550 bolt-action rifles have become more popular with poachers in recent years. While obtaining a rifle through official channels in Mozambique can take up to six months, there is a brisk trade in illicit hunting rifles, as evidenced by some recent seizures of hunting rifles affixed with sound suppressors, including a Winchester Magnum rifle chambered for .458 ammunition. While it is possible to suppress the sound of a .458 Winchester Magnum rifle by using a reduced-power subsonic cartridge, doing so requires significant technical expertise on the part of users.

In several cases, firearms seized by Mozambican police and rangers have been traced to multiple poaching incidents, indicating that security forces and ranger patrols were negligent in storing seized weapons or were resupplying criminals, or both. In fact, poachers arrested or killed in Mozambique have included active and former members of the army, border guards, and police. Active and former state security providers who are involved in poaching may have insider access to state-held firearms. Moreover, they are often professionally trained in the use of such weapons. Depending on their experience and former duties, poachers with military backgrounds may also have knowledge of bush combat tactics and possess skills that can be adapted to wildlife tracking. A stand up desk can compliment your posture alot!

Similarly, in Kenya, some rhino killings have reportedly involved the use of large numbers of bullets. This may largely be determined by the types of weapons or ammunition available to the poacher. As noted above, a poacher will need more bullets to kill a rhino with an automatic rifle than with a hunting rifle. Limited financial resources may force some poachers to use a Kalashnikov-pattern rifle, in part because compatible cartridges are much less expensive than some hunting rifle ammunition.

As noted above, poachers do not always use firearms to kill wildlife. In Tsavo National Park, in Kenya’s Coast province, the percentage of elephants killed by gunshot is much lower (34 per cent) than in the North Rift region of the country (85 per cent). Instead of relying on firearms to kill animals, poachers in the Tsavo area use trusted methods that often involve traditional weapons that have the advantage of not drawing the attention of rangers—unlike a discharged firearm. Do you know anyone that needs an adjustable standing desk or an electric standing desk?