Wildlife Authorities in Jonglei State have arrested two people accused of illegal poaching in the State over the weekend.
The suspected poachers were killed wild animals, including antelope and wild goats, for profitable gains.
The local administrator in Bor said the accused individuals would be taken to court this week once the police investigation is finalized.
Capt. Akol Majak, the Administrator of Wildlife Conservations and Tourism in Jonglei.
He warns citizens to refrain from illegal poaching of wild animals and urges them to help the government protect animals.
According to the wildlife department, the accused were armed civilians who hunt wild animals for food and sell the meat.
“We are telling people who engage in poaching to refrain because our laws are so strict, and they are not favoring anyone. Take an example, you kill the animal and put it in a car. We will take the car and send you to jail for ten years.”
Majak warned that continued poaching could push wild animals to neighboring countries. He said Jonglei is home to several wildlife species that need protection.
South Sudan’s government allocated nearly $6 million for the parks and reserves in 2019.
According to the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation, South Sudan has a rich and varied fauna, with elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, and various antelopes.