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Media Statement: Rhino Poaching Update

Date: 23rd May 2013

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year now stands at 350.  

 

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of the poaching, with 242 rhino having been killed in the National Park since the beginning of the year.  In the North West province a total of 29 rhino have been poached, while 28 have been poached in Limpopo, 33 in KwaZulu-Natal and 17 in Mpumalanga. The Gauteng province lost its first rhino to poaching this year during the past week. 

The number of people arrested in relation to rhino poaching has risen from 98 to 106. The majority of these, 101, were at the level of poacher, with the rest being receivers.

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

 

Rhino poaching statistics:

SA2010201120122013
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 242
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 0
GP 15 9 1 1
LIM 52 74 59 28
MP 17 31 28 17
NW 57 21 77 29
EC 4 11 7 0
FS 3 4 0 0
KZN 38 34 66 33
WC 0 6 2 0
NC 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 668  350


Rhino poaching arrests statistics 
:

SA2013201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 50 73 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 3 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 6 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LIM) 20 43 34 36
North West (NW) 8 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 19 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 106 267 232 165


For media queries, contact: 
Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs

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