25 April 2013

South Africa: Rhino Poaching Update

press release

The number of rhino 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 rhino poached since last week increasing from 167 to 180. At 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

SA

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

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

For media quiries contact:

Albi Modise

Cell: 083 490 2871

Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs

25 Apr 2013

Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs

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