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Media Release: Latest statistics on rhino poaching

Date: 20th June 2012

The total number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 251 with the number of arrests at 170.

The North-West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces continue to be targeted by poachers, collectively accounting for 86 of the total rhinos poached this year. The Kruger National Park has lost a total of 149 rhinos since the beginning of this year.

Thus far, a total of 170 arrests have been made of which 147 of the arrested were poachers, 10 receivers or couriers, six couriers or buyers and seven exporters.

Total number of rhinos killed this year:

SA 2010 2011 2012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 149
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 0
LIM 52 74 36
MP 17 31 9
NW 57 21 24
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 26
WC 0 6 1
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 251


Number of arrests:

SA 2012 2011 2010
KNP (SANParks) 39 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 20 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 25 34 36
Mpumalanga (MP) 48 73 16
North West (NW) 21 21 2
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 2 7
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 10 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 170 232 165

 

South Africans are urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005.


Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs

Media queries: 
Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

 

 

 

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