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Media Release: Update of rhino poaching statistics to date

Date: 2012-04-18

Department of Environmental Affairs is perturbed by the continuous loss of rhinos through illegal killings. So far, a total of 171 rhinos have been killed this year for the illegal trade in rhino horn.

According to statistics, rhino poachers are targeting the Kruger National Park which has suffered a loss of 103 rhinos killed.

Limpopo, KZN and North-West - collectively accounting for 58 killed rhinos - are also the prime focus of the poachers.  These provinces have lost  23, 18 and 17 rhinos, respectively.  

The department wishes to once again urge South Africans to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrest and prevention of illegal killing to 0800 205 005.

SA 2010 2011 2012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 103
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 0
LIM 52 74 23
MP 17 31 3
NW 57 21 17
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 18
WC 0 6 1
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 171

Issued by:
The National Department of Environmental Affairs

Media queries:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

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