21 September 2018

South Africa: New rhino and elephant poaching figures!

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South Africa has lost at least 508 rhinos to illegal poaching between 01 January 2018 and 31 August 2018 (January - August 2017 = 691). Out of the 508 rhinos poached, at least 292 rhinos (2017: 332) got illegally killed by poachers in Kruger National Park. 163 rhinos were poached in KwaZulu-Natal between 01 January and 31 August 2017, while this year's number stands at "only" 83. The provincial and national breakdown for the period 01 January to 30 August 2018 is as follows:
Rhino, Rhinoceros, South Africa, Kruger National Park

A total of 13 wildlife traffickers (5 Chinese nationals and eight South Africans) were arrested between 01 January and 31 August 2018. More than 60,92kg of rhino horn was confiscated and linked to poaching crime scenes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. For Kruger National Park, the number of arrests of alleged poachers stands at 162 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 August 2018. A total of 145 weapons have been seized in rhino-related incidents both inside and outside Kruger National Park since the beginning of 2018; and a total of 83 rhino horn confiscated in the same period.

elephant, baby elephant, Kruger National Park, South Africa

A total of 58 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park between 01 January and 31 August 2018.

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