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The latest rhino poaching figures are out and the Department of Environmental Affairs have confirmed that 455 rhinos have already been poached this year. According to a report on Tourism Update, this is more than the poaching total for the whole of last year, when 448 rhinos were poached in our reserves. The figure has gone up drastically since its previous release in June. The total stood on 251 then.

KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, with 150 rhinos having poached in this area. Kruger National Park holds the highest number by far, however, with 272 rhinos having been poached in the park alone this year.

On the bright side, a total of 207 arrests have been made in connection with rhino poaching, but unfortunately it’s clear that the problem is yet to be fully resolved.

To give us all a little bit of hope, this picture was taken two years ago in Aquila Game Reserve, just after a mother brought a baby rhino into the world. Read more about the picture by clicking here.


Rhino baby Aquila Game Reserve

*Photographer: Tammy Dennis

Here’s how you can help

Phone 0800 205 005 with any tip-offs that could lead to preventing this cruel siege to continue

Six simple ways to help end rhino poaching

Christie Fynn’s top 5 rhino charities for 2012

Who do you trust out of 270+ rhino fundraising organisations?

*Feature image courtesy of Jon Morgan

One Response to “455 rhinos already poached in 2012”

  1. Glenn Schutte

    Hi – I love your blog. My name is Glenn Schutte and I live in Pretoria. I write under the name of Glenn Shute nad I have just published my first novel entitled “KILL SHOT” It is a detective novel but highlights the plight of the Rhino and the scourge that is Rhino Poaching. It is available for Kindle on Amazon at as well as in paperback at:

    I hope that my novel in someway shows the world what a cruel practise this is and that people who do this should pay the maximum price that the law can impose.


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