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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

27 November 2012

The Kruger National Park has lost 362 rhinos to poaching. The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 186 rhinos. 

Total number of rhinos killed this year:

SA201020112012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 362
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 1
LIM 52 74 52
MP 17 31 27
NW 57 21 75
EC 4 11 7
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 59
WC 0 6 2
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 588

Of the 246 arrested individuals, 217 are at the level of poacher, 18 are couriers and 11 are receivers. 

Number of arrests:

SA201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 61 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 26 16 10
Limpopo (LIM) 39 34 36
Mpumalanga (MP) 66 73 16
North West (NW) 32 21 2
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 2 7
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 15 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 246 232 165

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 27 November 2012

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