Rhino poaching update
20 June 2013
The total number of rhinos poached since the beginning of the year has risen to 428. The Kruger National Park has lost 267 rhinos to poachers, while the number of rhinos poached in Limpopo increased by 15 to 45 in the past week.
The number of rhinos poached for their horns in North West since January 1, 2013, has risen to 48. A total of 38 rhinos have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal, 27 in Mpumalanga, 2 in the Eastern Cape and 1 in Gauteng. A total of 122 suspected poachers have been arrested since January. Of these, 57 have been caught in the Kruger National Park. Five alleged receivers have been arrested.
On Sunday, Kruger National Park rangers made contact with a group of three poachers near Letaba. One poacher was wounded during the shootout and later died of his wounds. The other poachers managed to escape.
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
Rhino poaching arrests statistics
|South Africa - Arrests||2013||2012||2011||2010|
|Eastern Cape (EC)||0||0||2||7|
|North West (NW)||8||32||21||2|
|Free State (FS)||0||6||0||0|
|Western Cape (WC)||0||0||0||2|
|Northern Cape (NC)||0||1||0||0|
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