Durban - Animal parts including horns, skins and 15 hippo tusks have been seized in a week-long sweep by environment and law enforcement agencies in KwaZulu-Natal.
Members of the SAPS Provincial Tracking Team, Operational Response Services, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing pounced on homes suspected of harbouring rhino poachers in the uMkhanyakude and Zululand districts.
Police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, said the operation led to the arrest of two suspects and an illegal firearm being recovered in Hluhluwe.
More than 40 boats and 25 gill nets (a total of 4.3km length) were also seized.
In Jozini, two nyala horns, 15 hippo tusks, a python skin, a hippo tail, a common reedbuck skin, a hyena skin, a honey badger skin, an antbear foot and a homemade illegal firearm were recovered.
The operation was part of the police's prioritisation of poaching in partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
Ezemvelo spokesman, Musa Mntambo, said it would be speculative to say what these animals parts were used being for.
He said people needed permits and were prohibited from hunting indiscriminately.