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.