South Africa’s rhino death toll has reached a staggering 430 since January 2012 — just 18 shy of the record-breaking total of 448 rhinos killed in all of 2011.
258 of the rhinos were massacred in Kruger National Park, while the provinces of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West collectively account for 141 killings.
Although 205 people have been arrested for rhino crimes, apparently none are at the “kingpin” level.
At the moment, African rhino numbers are still on the increase, according to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF).
Black rhino numbers are up to 4,840 (from 4,240 in 2007), and white rhino populations have increased to 20,150 (up from 17,500 in 2007).
However, IRF warns that “unless the rapid escalation in poaching in recent years can be halted, African rhino numbers could once again start to decline.”