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South Africans urged to work together to curb rhino poaching

11 September 2014

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs calls on all South Africans to work together to combat rhino poaching.

The call for communities to embrace the rhino as an important contributor to tourism and as a heritage icon in South Africa comes as the number of rhino poaching for their horns since January 2014 increased to 769, with 227 people arrested countrywide.

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa, having lost 489 rhinos so far this year.  A total of 103 rhinos have been poached in Limpopo, 65 in KwaZulu-Natal, 47 in North West and 43 in Limpopo.

Rhinos are part of South Africa’s shared heritage. The rhino is a key member of the Big Five and part of the reason millions of tourists travel to South Africa annually.  The influx of tourist to enjoy the country’s natural heritage contributes not only to job creation and benefit for communities living adjacent to national and provincial parks, and private game reserves and lodges, but to the economy as a whole.

As the country approaches the World Rhino Day on 22 September and Heritage Day on 24 September, the Department of Environmental Affairs calls on all communities to join hands in ensuring the survival of not only the rhino as an important ecosystem contributor, but also of the plants and other wild animals being decimated by international crime syndicates.

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 2014
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 606 489
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 3 1
Gauteng (GP) 15 9 1 8 3
Limpopo (LP) 52 74 59 114 103
Mpumalanga (Mp) 17 31 28 92 43
North West (NW) 57 21 77 87 47
Eastern Cape (EC) 4 11 7 5 12
Free State (FS) 3 4 0 4 4
Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) 38 34 66 85 65
Western Cape (WC) 0 6 2 0 1
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0 0 1
 Total 333 448 668 1004 769

 

Rhino poaching arrests statistics

 

South Africa - Arrests 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
KNP 81 133 73 82 67
MNP 0 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 6 10 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 23 34 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LP) 58 70 34 34 36
North West (NW) 11 26 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 0 7 6 0 0
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) 48 63 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0   2
Northern Cape (NC) 0 0 1 0 0
Total 227 343 267 232 165

 

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