How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers? - Latest African Wildlife Stories & News

How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?

February 21, 2019

Three years ago in 2014, Sandy McDonald started finding .375 caliber hunting rifles called Safari Classics scattered across his reserve in Mozambique. He started inquiring as to why he was finding rifles with an American seal on the grounds of African territory. It is suspected that these Safari Classics were illegally imported by their parent company, CZUB. This firearm manufacturer is located in the Czech Republic, and Mr. McDonald could not help but wonder if this company was involved in an illegal scheme.

Key Takeaways:

  • High-powered rifles that can kill an animal from long range, even a big one as a rhino, are being increasingly used to kill rhinos in Africa.
  • Sandy MacDonald has been finding deadly rifles near the areas where poachers have killed rhinos and left the rifles behind.
  • When the rifles were examined, it was discovered that they were made in America. They bore the insignia “CZ-USA, Kansas City, KS.”

"The American government has also stationed law enforcement officers from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in several African countries, including Botswana, to help local officials fight poachers."

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