13 September 2016

South Africa: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa has lost at least 702 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2016 (Jan - July 2015 = 796). Of the rhinos poached, 458 were killed in Kruger National Park. While poaching in Kruger National Park is on the decline (Jan - Aug 2015 = 557 rhinos), the number of rhinos poached has increased in a number of other South African provinces in comparison to the same period in 2015, such as KwaZulu Natal, Free State and the Northern Cape.

Since January 2016 a total of 36 elephants have been poached in Kruger National Park.

A total of 414 alleged poachers have been arrested in South Africa since 01 January 2016 – of which 177 were in Kruger National Park and 237 for the rest of the country.  A total of 94 firearms have been seized inside Kruger National Park between 01 January and 31 August 2016.

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