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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics

Date: 20th January 2014

The total number of rhino poached in South Africa during 2013 increased to 1004, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbed to 343.  

During 2012, 668 rhino were poached, while 448 were killed in 2011.  Since 2008, 2 778 rhino have been poached in South Africa.   A total of 37 rhino have been poached since the start of 2014.  

During 2013, the Kruger National Park continued to bear the brunt of rhino poaching losing a total of 606 of the iconic animals to poachers.  A total of 114 rhino were poached in Limpopo, 92 in Mpumalanga, 87 in North West and 85 in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013 increased considerably with 343 being arrested, 133 of them in the Kruger National Park.  In 2012, 267 alleged poachers were arrested. Since the beginning of 2014, 6 alleged poachers have been arrested. 

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:

SA20102011201220132014
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 606  34
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 3  0
GP 15 9 1 8  0
LIM 52 74 59 114  0
MP 17 31 28 92  0
NW 57 21 77 87  0
EC 4 11 7 5  0
FS 3 4 0 4  0
KZN 38 34 66 85  3
WC 0 6 2 0  0
NC 1 0 0 0  0
TOTAL 333 448 668 1004  37


Rhino poaching arrests statistics 
:

SA20142013201220112010
KNP (SANParks)  6 133 73 82 67
MNP (SANParks)  0 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP)  0 10 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP)  0 34 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC)  0 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LIM)  0 70 43 34 36
North West (NW)  0 26 32 21 2
Free State (FS)  0 7 6 0 0
KZN  0 63 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC)  0 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC)  0 1 0 0
TOTAL  6 343 267 232 165


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

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs

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