A suspected poacher died after being trampled by a breeding herd of elephants in South Africa's Kruger National Park on Saturday, park officials said in a statement . Three suspects were fleeing from park rangers when they encountered the herd. One suspected poacher was arrested, while the third is still at large, the officials said. According to the park, field rangers on a routine patrol discovered the suspected poachers, who ran, dropping an ax and a bag of provisions. When one suspect was arrested, he told the rangers the group had run into the elephant herd and that he didn't know if all of the group had escaped. The man who died was badly trampled. The still-missing suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but successfully fled and is being sought by rangers. Once the suspects realized they were being pursued, they "dropped an axe and a bag with their provisions" and ran away from the rangers, the statement explained. The rangers called for backup from the South African Police Service Air Wing and K9 unit. One suspect was subsequently arrested and "informed the rangers that the group had run into a herd of elephants and was not sure if his accomplice had managed to escape," the statement added . "The Rangers discovered his accomplice badly trampled and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The third suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but continued to flee. A rifle was recovered and the case was referred to police, who together with the pathology team attended to the scene," the statement continued. A search for the third suspect is underway. Rhinoceros poaching in southern Africa i s the illegal act of slaughtering rhinoceros in the southern African countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, where most of Africa's rhinos occur. The most common reason for rhino poaching is to meet the high demand for their horns in Asian countries, where the horn is predominantly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine but is increasingly being used as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. In previous generations, the most common rhino poaching activity was hunting for recreational purposes. Because of excessive poaching, rhino populations have decline rapidly since the 1970s, leaving some species critically endangered and facing extinction.