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Udate on Rhino poaching statistics

A poached rhino.

Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost just under 1400 rhinos - a figure that, despite so much effort, increases daily.

Sadly though, the low risk high reward situation seems to be attracting more and more new criminals along the lower poaching levels.

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

02 OCTOBER 2012

The Latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 430 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 205.

The Kruger National Park has lost 258 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 141 rhinos.

Rhino poaching statistics: 

SA

2010

2011

2012

KNP (SANParks)

146

252

258

MNP (SANParks)

0

6

3

GP

15

9

1

LIM

52

74

48

MP

17

31

18

NW

57

21

43

EC

4

11

7

FS

3

4

0

KZN

38

34

50

WC

0

6

2

NC

1

0

0

 

333

448

430

177 of the arrested individuals are at the level of poacher, 10 are receivers and 18 are couriers.Rhino poaching arrests statistics:

South Africa - Arrests

2012

2011

2010

KNP

49

82

67

MNP

0

0

0

Gauteng (GP)

26

16

10

Mpumalanga (MP)

57

73

16

Eastern Cape (EC)

0

2

7

Limpopo (LP)

34

34

36

North West (NW)

21

21

2

Free State (FS)

6

0

0

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

11

4

25

Western Cape (WC)

0

0

2

Northern Cape (NC)

1

0

0

Total

205

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

 

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ON 02 OCTOBER 2012 

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