Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics
A total of 227 rhinos have been lost to illegal killings since the beginning of this year with a total of 148 arrests made thus far.
According to the latest statistics, the Kruger National Park has lost 137 rhinos- which account for more than half of the total rhino killings that have taken place this year. Limpopo province has suffered 31 rhino killings and the North West and KwaZulu-Natal each have lost 23 rhinos.
Of the 148 arrests made, 131 were at the level of poacher, 10 were receivers/couriers, six couriers/buyers and one was an exporter.
Total number of rhinos killed this year:
Number of arrests:
|North West (NW)||16||21||2|
|Eastern Cape (EC)||0||2||7|
|Free State (FS)||6||0||0|
|Western Cape (WC)||0||0||2|
|Northern Cape (NC)||1||0||0|
South Africans 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
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