281 rhinos poached in just over six months

Pretoria – The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year now stands at 281, with a total of 176 arrests being made in connection with the activity.

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Kruger National Park has lost 164 rhinos to the illegal killings.

“Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces continue to be targeted by poachers, accounting for 110 of the total rhinos poached since the beginning of this year. Thus far, a total of 176 arrests have been made of which 153 are at the level of poachers; 10 receivers or couriers; six couriers or buyers and seven exporters,” the department said.

South Africans have been urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005. – SAnews