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82 rhinos poached so far this year - DoEA

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07 February 2013

Dept says Kruger National Park the hardest hit with 61 animals poached

Update on the rhino poaching statistics

6 Feb 2013

The Kruger National Park (KNP) remains the hardest hit by rhino poachers this year, having lost 61 rhinos to mostly foreign poachers in since January 1.

The total number of rhino poached since the start of 2013 is 82. A total of eight have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), six in North West, four in Mpumalanga (MP) and three in Limpopo (Lim). Twenty one poachers have been arrested, 14 of them in the Kruger National Park.

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, has noted with concern the increase in rhino poaching and is confident that SANParks is on the verge of a turnaround given the initiatives presently being implemented against rhino poaching.

Minister Molewa emphasised the fact that the rhino poaching is fought at various levels that is field coverage, public awareness, regional engagement and at a global level, hence there's continued investments at all these levels.

In the upcoming CITES meeting, the Minister plans to engage with the regional groupings on the issue of rhino poaching. She will give further details closer to the meeting that will be held in March 2013. On the 22nd February, the Minister is meeting her Mozambican counterpart in a follow up meeting to last year's engagement on the rhino safety and security co-operation

Minister Molewa has also welcomed the recently announced signing of a declaration by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, banning the import of all white and black rhino specimens.

"The South African government welcomes the announcement by the Government of Vietnam that the prohibition on the export, import and trade of specimens of rhino will come into effect," said Minister Molewa.

The prohibition follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection by Minister Molewa with the Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Dr Cao Duc Phat. The MoU was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam on 10 December 2012.

The objective of the MOU is to promote cooperation between the two countries in the field of biodiversity management, conservation and protection. Particularly aimed at curbing the scourge in rhino poaching, the MOU seeks to promote cooperation in law enforcement, compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other relevant legislation and Conventions on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. Officials from both countries are currently working on a draft Plan of Action with short and long term activities which include activities to curb the illegal trade in rhino horn.

In terms of the decision by the Government of Vietnam, signed on 24 January 2013,  products derived or made from white rhino, black rhino and the African elephant - all listed in terms of the Appendices of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - may no longer be exported or traded.

Live rhino and elephant and its products may, however, be imported for diplomatic purposes, scientific research, biodiversity conservation, zoo displays, exhibitions, non-profit circus performances, law enforcement or exchanged as specimens in terms of CITES management provisions.

The declaration also states that specimens may be imported only for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the cooperative agreement between the CITES Management Authority of Vietnam and the CITES Management Authority of exporting countries, and that specimens for which CITES import permits had already been granted would not be affected.

Anyone caught violating the articles of the decision by the Government of Vietnam will  be charged either with a criminal or administrative offence subject to the nature and seriousness of the violation in accordance with the country's existing legislation on management, protection, trading, transportation, export and import of wild species of fauna and flora.

 "We believe that this latest development is important for South Africa and will assist our law enforcement authorities to effectively deal with the current scourge of poaching," Ms Molewa said.

Last year 668 rhino were poached for their horn in South Africa. Since the start of 2013, 57 rhino have been poached, 42 of these in the Kruger National Park.

South Africans are urged to report any information or tip offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or CrimeLine on 32211.

Rhino poaching statistics

SA

2010

2011

2012

2013

KNP (SANParks)

146

252

425

61

MNP (SANParks)

0

6

3

0

GP

15

9

1

0

LIM

52

74

59

3

MP

17

31

28

4

NW

57

21

77

6

EC

4

11

7

0

FS

3

4

0

0

KZN

38

34

66

8

WC

0

6

2

0

NC

1

0

0

0

 

333

448

668

82

Statement issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs, February 6 2013

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Our Rhino's
Why even bother with the stats.
Put a bounty on the poachers. Let the Government pay Bounty Hunters R25,000 for each poacher that is caught and then make sure that their"bosses" are named and brought to justice to serve 40 year sentences like that . .more

by Rene' Gade on February 07 2013, 14:58
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That's why there was apartheid
I said it.

by Nasdaq7 on February 07 2013, 16:53
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Rhino`s
Inside job at KNP.

by kevin on February 07 2013, 17:00
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Rhino revenge
Rhino poachers should be put - unarmed - into a pen with a few rhinos. Hopefully they will then get the horns they so desire!

by jeremy on February 08 2013, 00:10
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Did anyone seriously not foresee this would happen thanks to ANC pipedreams
about transfrontier national parks?

Our porous borders that are the result of the failing state which is the result of a government that is ignorant of the reality that it is the primary function of state to preserve its territorial integrity?

by Brett on February 08 2013, 08:54
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Save the Rhinos
The stats speaks for itself, it's time to call for Dr Mabunda's (CEO of SANParks) immediate removal from office.

Sign here: https://www.change.org/petitions/remove-ceo-of-sanparks-dr-david-mabunda-from-office

by Africa Wild on February 08 2013, 14:07
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Lack of action
And government still does nearly nothing. No surprise there

by Robgun on February 08 2013, 14:19
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@Rubgun
No surprises here! What can they do? Its their China et al buddies that are carrying off our Rhinos!!! Funny how the closer the two snuggle up the more Rhinos are slaughtered. 13 Rhinos poached in 2007 and and 668 in 2012. 2.3 Rhinos a day so far . .more

by Karen on February 08 2013, 21:51
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Crime murder rape procreation etc etc its what they do best
So whats new

by The usual behaiour on February 09 2013, 12:13
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computer
government must interven in this situation of the rhino

by asanda on February 21 2013, 10:53
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Poaching
Why does it have to be the rhinos!stop it

by Thoko on July 25 2013, 23:25
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