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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

30 October 2012

A total of 488 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year. The total number of arrests in connection with rhino poaching now stands at 214.

The Kruger National Park has lost 296 rhinos to poaching. The provinces hardest hit by rhino poaching include Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, which collectively account for the loss of 158 rhinos. 

Total number of rhinos killed this year:

SA201020112012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 296
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 1
LIM 52 74 49
MP 17 31 21
NW 57 21 52
EC 4 11 7
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 57
WC 0 6 2
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 488

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

Number of arrests:

SA201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 52 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 26 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 37 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 14 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 214 232 165

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 30 October 2012

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