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

 

South Africa 2010 2011 2012 2013
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 267
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 0
GP 15 9 1 1
LIM 52 74 59 45
MP 17 31 28 27
NW 57 21 77 48
EC 4 11 7 2
FS 3 4 0 0
KZN 38 34 66 38
WC 0 6 2 0
NC 1 0 0 0
 Total 333 448 668 428

 

Rhino poaching arrests statistics

 

South Africa - Arrests 2013 2012 2011 2010
KNP 57 73 82 67
MNP 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 3 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 6 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LP) 21 43 34 36
North West (NW) 8 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 0 6 0 0
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) 27 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 0 1 0 0
Total 122 267 232 165

 

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