SANParks releases shocking 2013 Rhino stats

2013-06-20 16:45
 Johannesburg - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Mozambican Tourism Minister Carvalho Muaria plan to take concrete action to combat rhino poaching, but the figures highlight the brazen disregard poachers continue to have.

SANParks released updated figures for 2013 on its website, showing the total number of rhino poached since the beginning of the year stands at 428 - with the figures in Limpopo increasing by 15 to 45 in this week alone.

The Kruger National Park has lost 267 rhino to poachers to date in 2013.

The number of rhino poached for their horns in North West since January 1, 2013, has risen to 48, while a total of 38 rhino 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.

SANParks says the 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.

The latest stats as released by SANParks





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