South Africa: 281 Rhinos Killed in 198 Days


281 rhinos have been already been killed this year in South Africa.

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.

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Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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