455 rhinos have been lost to poaching this year, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Environmental Affairs.
This total is already more than the figure for the whole of last year, when 448 rhinos were lost to illegal poaching activities.
The Kruger National Park has lost 272 rhinos to poaching. KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 150 rhinos. A total of 207 arrests have been made in connection with rhino poaching.
The department urges members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005
Article courtesy of Tourism Update