The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 588 rhinos have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246.
The Kruger National Park has lost 362 rhinos to poaching. The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 186 rhinos.
Rhino poaching statistics:
Of the 246 arrested individuals, 217 are at the level of poacher, 18 are couriers and 11 are receivers.
Rhino poaching arrests statistics:
Members of the public are urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005.
Media release courtesy of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa.