Forty-two-year-old Mzimba was Head of Ranger Services at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Mpumalanga province. He had worked there for 25 years.
According to rhino conservation NGO Helping Rhinos, Mzimba was gunned down outside his home. The NGO added that Mzimba’s death followed recent death threats and highlighted the threats facing rangers.
In a tweet, the Kensington Royals, William and Kate, said they were deeply saddened to learn of Mzimba’s death. They added that they spoke to Mzimba in November.
“Committed and brave, rangers like Anton are central to the conservation of Africa’s fantastic wildlife. Those responsible must swiftly be brought to justice. My thoughts are with his family,” the tweet read.