The 2012 rhino death toll in South Africa has risen to 281, according to figures released by the government today.
Kruger National Park continues to be hardest hit, with 164 of the killings occurring inside the world-famous tourist attraction.
Also targeted are Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, which collectively account for 110 of the 281 rhinos.
176 arrests have been made, and none of the suspects are “kingpins”.
However, South African game farmer and convicted rhino horn dealer Jacques Els began serving his eight-year sentence earlier this month, following a failed appeal.