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John Hanks Finally Breaks His Silence in Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching

Operation Lock and the War on Rhino PoachingRene Vollgraaff recently wrote an article for Pretoria News Weekend (shared by Press Reader) about Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks and the decades-old secrets it reveals.

Vollgraaff writes about the contribution that Hanks and his team made in the fight against rhino poaching. The article gives insight into how Operation Lock worked, and some of the major challenges the team faced.

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In 1987, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands funded and planned Operation Lock, a secret initiative staffed by exBritish SAS soldiers to stop rhino poaching in southern Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Operation Lock extended into the neighbouring states. When the project was unmasked, the World Wildlife Fund, headed by Prince Bernhard, denied any knowledge.

Author John Hanks, the project leader, took responsibility and kept his silence for 25 years until publishing a book recently.

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