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Media Release: 2011 Rhino Poaching Update

Date: 2011-03-14

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The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced at Pretoria today that to date (2011) South Africa has lost 71 rhinos.

“This figure encompasses fresh and old carcases which have been found in the various parks and nature reserves countrywide,” said Dr Mabunda.

In the same period 64 suspected poachers have been arrested. In 2010 South Africa lost 333 rhinos and arrested 164 suspected poachers.

The breakdown for poaching incidents in the last five years is as follows:

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
KNP 10
36
50
146
46
GP 0 0 7 15 0
LIM 0 23 16 52 9
MP 3 2 6 17 1
NW 0 7 10 57 1
EC 0 1 3 4 6
FS 0 0 2 3 1
KZN 0 14 28 38 6
WC 0 0 0 0 1
NC 0 0 0 1 0
  13 83 122 333 71


The breakdown for arrests of suspected poachers is as follows:

South Africa 2011 2010
KNP (KNP) 32
67
Gauteng (GP) 4 9
Mpumalanga (MP) 4 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 7
Limpopo (LP) 7 36
North West (NW) 16 2
Free State (FS) 0 0
KZN (KZN) 1 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 0 0
Total 64 164


“The assault on our rhino populations is devastating and as the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, announced last week that the time has come for the fight to be taken up by our neighbours”, said Dr Mabunda. 

Issued by:
SANParks Corporate Communications

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

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