Update on rhino poaching statistics

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.

Rhino poaching statistics:

 

SA 2010 2011 2012
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
  333 448 588

Of the 246 arrested individuals, 217 are at the level of poacher, 18 are couriers and 11 are receivers.

Rhino poaching arrests statistics:

 

South Africa - Arrests 2012 2011 2010
KNP 61 82 67
MNP 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 2 7
Limpopo (LP) 39 34 36
North West (NW) 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KwaZulu-Natal (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