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Media Release: Latest on rhino poaching in South Africa

Date: 6th December 2011

South African National Parks announces that 405 rhinos have been poached throughout South Africa to date.

The hardest hit areas have been the Kruger National Park, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

The number of rhinos poached is up by approximately 21.6% from the 333 of the previous year, against an increase of 173% and 47% for 2010 and 2009 respectively.

The number of arrests has also increased from the previous year by approximately 27.3% to 210, from 165 in 2010.

ECI LIM MNP (Marakele) KNP Mpum KZN FreeS EC WC NC NW Gaut Total
Incidents 66 5 229 26 31 4 11 4 0 20 9 405
Arrest 26 0 77 66 4 0 2 0 0 21 14 210


For previous media statements on this matter please go to www.sanparks.org

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks)

Media enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa – Head of Communications, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5201, Cell: 082 908 2692, e-mail: wandam@sanparks.org

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