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769 rhinos poached so far this year - DoEA

Dept says 489 of these were killed in the Kruger National Park (Sept 11)

South Africans urged to work together to curb rhino poaching

11 Sep 2014

The Department of Environmental Affairs calls on all South Africans to work together to combat rhino poaching.

The call for communities to embrace the rhino as an important contributor to tourism and as a heritage icon in South Africa comes as the number of rhino poaching for their horns since January 2014 increased to 769, with 227 people arrested countrywide.

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa, having lost 489 rhino so far this year. A total of 103 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 65 in KwaZulu-Natal, 47 in North West and 43 in Limpopo.

Rhino are part of South Africa's shared heritage. The rhino is a key member of the Big Five and part of the reason millions of tourists travel to South Africa annually. The influx of tourist to enjoy the country's natural heritage contributes not only to job creation and benefit for communities living adjacent to national and provincial parks, and private game reserves and lodges, but to the economy as a whole.

As the country approaches the World Rhino Day on 22 September and Heritage Day on 24 September, the Department of Environmental Affairs calls on all communities to join hands in ensuring the survival of not only the rhino as an important ecosystem contributor, but also of the plants and other wild animals being decimated by international crime syndicates.

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Rhino's poached

South Africa

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

KNP (SANParks)

 146

252

425

606

 489

MNP (SANParks)

 0

6

3

3

 0

Gauteng

 15

9

1

8

 3

Limpopo

 52

74

59

114

 103

Mpumalanga

 17

31

28

92

 43

North West

 57

21

77

87

 47

Eastern Cape

 4

11

7

5

 12

Free State

 3

4

0

4

 4

KwaZulu-Natal

 38

34

66

85

 65

Western Cape

 0

6

2

0

 1

Northern Cape

 1

0

0

0

 1

TOTAL

333

448

668

1004

 769

Number of arrests

South Africa

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

KNP (SANParks)

 81

 133

73

82

67

MNP (SANParks)

 0

 0

0

0

0

Gauteng

 6

 10

26

6

10

Mpumalanga

 23

 34

66

73

16

Eastern Cape

 0

 0

0

2

7

Limpopo

 58

 70

43

34

36

North West

 11

 26

32

21

2

Free State

 0

 7

6

0

0

KwaZulu-Natal

 48

 63

20

4

25

Western Cape

 0

 0

0

0

2

Northern Cape

 0

 0

1

0

0

TOTAL

227

343

267

232

165

Statement issued by Albi Modise, Department of Environmental Affairs, September 13 2014

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