The worst hit areas in the country in 2010 were:
- Kruger National Park with 146 rhinos lost
- North West province with 57 rhino lost
- Limpopo province with 52 rhino lost
- KwaZulu-Natal province with38 rhino lost
The country is currently home to about 19400 white rhino, of which between 9000 and 12000 of them are found in Kruger, and 1678 black rhinos. The white rhino population in the country is growing at a rate of between 3% and 6%, whilst the black rhino population is growing at 3%. In the Kruger National Park alone natural mortalities in the rhino populations for males accounted for 1.7% and females 0.7% and with the inclusion of poaching figures it was at 3% for males and 2.1% for females in 2010.
In the full year 162 people linked to the crime at various levels were arrested, ranging from actual poachers to couriers and kingpins. Five suspected poachers died during encounters with rangers on patrol in Kruger National Park and one in the North West Province. [src. sanparks.com]