South Africa: 488 Rhinos Killed in 303 Days

As of 30 October 2012, at least 1,487 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa since 2007. Image © Annamiticus

A shocking 488 rhinos have been slaughtered in South Africa since the start of 2012, and the death toll could surpass 500 before the end of the year.

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs notes that 296 of these rhinos were killed in Kruger National Park, with KwaZulu-Natal, the North West, and Limpopo collectively accounting for 158 rhino deaths. So far this year, a total of 214 people have been arrested for rhino crimes in South Africa.

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Rhishja Cota-Larson

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.