31 January 2013

South Africa: 57 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2013

According to the latest statistics released by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South Africa has already lost 57 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2013. 42 rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park, six rhinos got illegally killed in the North West, six in KwaZulu-Natal, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga.
Of the 18 suspected poachers arrested since 01 January 2013, 11 were arrested in the Kruger National Park and three were fatally wounded. Three suspected poachers have been arrested in Limpopo following a tip-off related to their activities in the Kruger National Park and two in North West.

Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 31 January 2013):  
  • Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 42 rhinos poached
  • Mapungubwe National Park (SANParks) - 0 rhino poached
  • Gauteng - 0 rhino poached
  • Limpopo - 2 rhinos poached
  • Mpumalanga - 1 rhino poached
  • North-West Province - 6 rhinos poached
  • Eastern Cape - 0 rhino poached
  • Free State - 0 rhino poached
  • KwaZulu Natal - 6 rhinos poached
  • Western Cape - 0 rhino poached
  • Northern Cap - 0 rhino poached

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has urged members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005.

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