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Media Release: Latest rhino poaching statistics

Date: 2012-05-07

The Kruger National Park has lost a disturbing total of 127 rhinos since January 2012. Encouragingly, the number of arrests continues to rise, with the arrests for 2012 now totaling 128. 


Government views the poaching of this national treasure in a very serious light and continues to prioritise our fight against this crime through coordinated, joint efforts. 


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. 


Below are the current rhino poaching statistics:


Latest rhino poaching figures:
















































































SA 2010 2011 2012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 127
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 0
LIM 52 74 29
MP 17 31 6
NW 57 21 19
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 22
WC 0 6 1
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 210


Number of arrests:
















































































SA 2012 2011 2010
KNP (SANParks) 31 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 13 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 11 34 36
Mpumalanga (MP) 41 73 16
North West (NW) 15 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 128 232 165


Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs


Media queries:
Albi Modise; 083 490 2871 


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