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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

16 October 2012

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 455 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 207.

The Kruger National Park has lost 272 rhinos to poaching. KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 150 rhinos. 


Total number of rhinos killed this year:

SA201020112012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 272
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 1
LIM 52 74 49
MP 17 31 20
NW 57 21 46
EC 4 11 7
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 55
WC 0 6 2
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 455


179 of the arrested individuals are at the level of poacher, 10 are receivers and 18 are couriers. 


Number of arrests:

SA201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 51 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 26 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 34 34 36
Mpumalanga (MP) 57 73 16
North West (NW) 21 21 2
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 2 7
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 11 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 207 232 165

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
Roopa Singh on 082 225 3076 

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs on 16 October 2012

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