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:
Similarly, the graphic to the right illustrates the catastrophic decline in the black rhino populations since the 1960s.
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:
This pressure continues despite the Kruger's continued investment in anti-poaching measures. The Kruger's Anti-Poaching Force includes:
(2016 increased by 30% est)