South Africa: 57 Rhinos Killed in 31 Days

At least 57 rhinos have been massacred in South Africa during the first 31 days of 2013. Image © Annamiticus

At least 57 rhinos have been massacred in South Africa during the first 31 days of 2013, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Of the total, 42 were killed in Kruger National Park, mainly in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region near Mozambique. Six rhinos were killed in KwaZulu-Natal, six in North West, two in Limpopo, and one in Mpumalanga Province.

Since January 1st, 2013, 18 suspects have been arrested for rhino crimes, and another three were fatally wounded. Seven rhino horns, heavy calibre hunting rifles, and ammunition were recovered by authorities.

The Environmental Investigation Agency points out that upholding the CITES ban on rhino horn trade allowed rhino populations to stabilize, and kept illegal killings to a minimum for over a decade “until South Africa began to push for legal trade in rhino horn“.




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.