South Africa: 588 Rhinos Killed in 331 Days

At least 1,587 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa since 2007. Image © Annamiticus

South Africa’s rhino death toll could top 600 before year’s end, as the figure has now reached 588 rhinos killed in 2012.

The Department of Environmental Affairs reports that 362 rhinos were butchered in Kruger National Park, where 67 arrests have been made this year.

Three provinces collectively account for 186 rhinos killed.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 59 rhinos were slaughtered and 25 people have been arrested for rhino crimes; 36 people were arrested in Limpopo province, where 52 rhinos were killed. And in the North West, 75 rhinos were massacred and 32 people were arrested. Editor’s note 11/29/2012: The number of people arrested in the North West has been updated to 32 in 2012.


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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.