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Rhino poaching update

25 April 2013

The number of rhinos poached for their horn in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 249. The Kruger National Park remains the hardest hit, with the number of rhinos poached since last week increasing from 167 to 180. A total of 21 in North West, 18 in KwaZulu-Natal, 17 in Limpopo and 13 in Mpumalanga.

The number of alleged poachers arrested countrywide has increased to 78, with two alleged couriers arrested in KwaZulu-Natal in the past week.  This brings to five the number of alleged middlemen arrested so far the year.  A total of 73 people are facing poaching related charges and some additional charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.  Of these, 36 were arrested in the Kruger National Park, 17 in Limpopo, 13 in KwaZulu-Natal, eight in North West and one in Mpumalanga.

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

 Rhino poaching statistics

 

South Africa 2010 2011 2012 2013
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 180
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 0
GP 15 9 1 0
LIM 52 74 59 17
MP 17 31 28 13
NW 57 21 77 21
EC 4 11 7 0
FS 3 4 0 0
KZN 38 34 66 18
WC 0 6 2 0
NC 1 0 0 0
 Total 333 448 668 249

 Rhino poaching arrests statistics

 

South Africa - Arrests 2013 2012 2011 2010
KNP 36 73 82 67
MNP 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 3 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 1 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LP) 17 43 34 36
North West (NW) 8 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 0 6 0 0
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) 13 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 0 1 0 0
Total 78 267 232 165

 

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