South Africa: 633 Rhinos Killed in 353 Days

At least 1,632 rhinos have been illegally killed in South Africa since 2007. Image © Annamiticus

The number of rhinos killed in South Africa has soared to the horrifying figure of 633 since the start of 2012, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Of the total, 395 rhinos were massacred in South Africa’s flagship tourist destination, Kruger National Park. The North West province accounted for 77 killings, while Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal each lost 60 rhinos.

266 people have been arrested for rhino crimes in South Africa. The highest numbers of arrests were made in Kruger National Park (72) and Mpumalanga province (66).

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs asks members of the public to report tip-offs and incidents to 0800 205 005.

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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.