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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 27th November 2012

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 588 rhinos have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246.

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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