1 004 rhino poached last year

2014-01-17 16:08

A total of 1 004 rhino were poached in South Africa last year, the environmental affairs department has said.

A total of 606 of the rhino were killed in the Kruger National Park, spokesman Albi Modise said today.

“A total of 114 rhino were poached in Limpopo, 92 in Mpumalanga, 87 in North West and 85 in KwaZulu-Natal.”

In 2012, 668 were poached and in 2011 448 were killed.

“Since 2008, 2 778 rhino have been poached in South Africa. The number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013 increased considerably with 343 arrested, 133 of them in the Kruger National Park.”

In 2012, 267 people were taken into custody for poaching.

So far this year, 37 rhino have been poached and six people arrested.

Modise urged South Africans to report poaching and call the anonymous tip-off lines on 0800-205-005, 08600-10111 or send an sms to Crime Line on 32211.

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