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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

18 September 2012

Thus far, the Kruger National Park has lost 236 rhinos to poaching. Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers- collectively accounting for the loss of 117 rhinos. 


Total number of rhinos killed this year:

SA201020112012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 236
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 1
LIM 52 74 43
MP 17 31 19
NW 57 21 40
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 34
WC 0 6 2
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 381


The number of individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching remains at 199. 176 of the arrested are at the level of poacher, 10 are receivers and 13 are couriers. 


Number of arrests:

SA201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 49 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 22 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 34 34 36
Mpumalanga (MP) 56 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 199 232 165

Members of the public 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 

For media queries, contact Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 

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