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Media Release: Latest on rhino poaching in South Africa

Date: 2011-12-06

The hardest hit areas have been the Kruger National Park, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

The number of rhinos poached is up by approximately 21.6% from the 333 of the previous year, against an increase of 173% and 47% for 2010 and 2009 respectively.

The number of arrests has also increased from the previous year by approximately 27.3% to 210, from 165 in 2010.

ECI LIM MNP (Marakele) KNP Mpum KZN FreeS EC WC NC NW Gaut Total
Incidents 66 5 229 26 31 4 11 4 0 20 9 405
Arrest 26 0 77 66 4 0 2 0 0 21 14 210

For previous media statements on this matter please go to

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks)

Media enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa – Head of Communications, SANParks, Tel: (012) 426 5201, Cell: 082 908 2692, e-mail:

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