@travelcomments Sadly that's now gone up to 473 after 9 killed on Limpopo farm and 3 more at Ohrigstad. #savetherhinos
— Tom Vorster (@geckotom) July 4, 2013
According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa has lost 461 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2013. Of the rhinos poached, 288 rhinos were killed in the Kruger National Park, 51 in North West, 47 in Limpopo, 41 in KwaZulu-Natal, 31 in Mpumalanga, 2 in the Eastern Cape and 1 in Gauteng.
The number of people arrested on rhino poaching-related charges countrywide totals 137. Of these, 60 have been caught in the Kruger National Park. Five alleged receivers have been arrested.
Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 03 July 2013):
- Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 288 rhinos poached
- Marakele National Park (SANParks) - 0 rhino poached
- Gauteng - 1 rhino poached
- Limpopo - 47 rhinos poached
- Mpumalanga - 31 rhino poached
- North-West Province - 51 rhinos poached
- Eastern Cape - 2 rhino poached
- Free State - 0 rhino poached
- KwaZulu Natal - 41 rhinos poached
- Western Cape - 0 rhino poached
- Northern Cape - 0 rhino poached
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.