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From 2005 to now, over five thousand rhino have been poached in South Africa.  Of these, 81% (4115) have been poached in the Kruger National Park and another 18% (934) in adjacent national parks in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.  Sixty rhino (1%) have been poached in the Eastern Cape.  

Between 2007 and 2015 there has been a more than 9000% increase in poaching in South Africa.  The fierce escalation is captured in the following graphic: 

         Sa Rhino Poaching Stats (3)

Similarly, the graphic to the right illustrates the catastrophic decline in the black rhino populations since the 1960s. 

Kruger National Park Poaching Pressure

Kruger National Park poaching statistics are a powerful illustration of the escalation of the crisis.  Between 2012 and 2015, the Kruger National Park has seen between 2 and 8 incidences per day. Poaching activity measured over this period includes: 

  • 3 incursions per day
  • 12 groups in the park at any time
  • 4300 poachers in the park last year
  • 111 contacts
  • 77 sightings
  • 1403 incidents

This pressure continues despite the Kruger's continued investment in anti-poaching measures.  The Kruger's Anti-Poaching Force includes:

  • 400 Field Rangers
  • 22 Section Rangers
  • 4 Regional Rangers
  • 15 Special Rangers
  • 12 Investigators
  • 2 pilots
  • 140 protection services
  • 1 commanding officer

Population Decline

Declining Black Rhino Numbers S

Kruger Park Stats 2015

(2016 increased by 30% est)

  • 76% Poaching infiltrations from SA side
  • 7 incursions per day
  • 2500 poaching groups
  • 7500 poachers inside park which brought in 800 weapons
  • 250 contacts with poachers
  • 600 poachers arrested
  • 400 weapons confiscated
  • 711 staff involved in combatting the war
  • Operational budget R170m (USD 11.3m) per year

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