281 rhinos poached in 19s since January 1 to July 17, 2012

A view of a rhino in the wild.


The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching.

The Kruger National Park (KNP) has lost 164 rhinos to illegal killings.

Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces continue to be targeted by poachers, accounting for 110 of the total rhinos poached since the beginning of this year.

Since the beginning of the year, 176 arrests have been made of which 153 are poachers; 10 receivers or couriers; six couriers or buyers and seven exporters.

South Africans 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.

Total Rhino Poached: 
January to June 20, 2012

SA 2010 2011 2012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 164
GP 15 9 0
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
LIM 52 74 40
MP 17 31 14
NW 57 21 24
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 30
WC 0 6 1
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 251



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