South Africa: 381 Rhinos Killed in 255 Days

At least 381 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa during the first 255 days of 2012.

Rhinos are being illegally killed at the rate of about 1.5 per day in South Africa, as the year’s death toll has already reached 381, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

236 of the killings occurred in Kruger National Park, while the hardest hit provinces are Limpopo (43), the North West (40) and KwaZulu-Natal (34).

The total number of arrests for rhino crimes remains at 199.

Since 2007, at least 1,380 rhinos have been massacred for their horns in South Africa.

Source: Department of Environmental Affairs RSA

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I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.