It is with deep regret that African Parks announces the death of three men in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo following an encounter with poachers. They include Garamba ranger, Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinani, and two members of the Congolese armed forces who were assisting with anti-poaching patrols in the park at the time of the tragic incident: Corporal Kambale Musubao and Lieutenant Moise Mospado. A second ranger was injured in the attack, although not seriously.
The bodies of the two military men were transported to the nearby town of Dungu where their families are based and were buried on 18 June. The body of ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinai was transported to Nagero where he was also buried on 18 June. Ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyesilani leaves his wife and five children; Cpl Musubao leaves his wife and Lt Mospado leaves his wife and seven children.
Garamba’s rangers, the Congolese army as well as members of a regional task force are all currently involved in comprehensive efforts to track and apprehend the poachers.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of the three men,” said Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO.
“Three wives lost their husbands and 12 children are now without fathers. Their deaths are a testimony to the threats and dangers that rangers, and members of the armed forces assisting them, face every day in thwarting and preventing poaching in Africa’s national parks and protected areas. They have paid the ultimate price in attempting to eliminate the scourge.”