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article imagePoaching South Africa: 146 Rhinos killed since start of the year

By Miriam Mannak     Mar 1, 2014 in Environment
Cape Town - South Africa has lost 146 Rhinos to poachers between 1 January and 26 February this year, equalling 2,6 animals per day. This is substantially more than 7 years ago, when 13 Rhinos were illegally killed in the course of the entire year.
"The number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences has climbed to 44," said Albi Modise, spokesperson of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in a media statement. Of them, twenty poachers have been arrested the Kruger National Park and ten in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Modise added that the Kruger National Park, one of the world's oldest and most famous wildlife reserves, remained hardest hit by the illicit hunting of Rhinos. The park, which is shared by the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, has lost 95 rhino since 1 January 2014.
Modise: "South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines + 27 800 205 005 or + 27 8600 10111."
This weekend tourists visiting the Kruger National Park spotted a rhino with its horn hacked off, after which they alerted the authorities. A helicopter and Rangers were dispatched to locate the animal. The animal had not been found on Sunday.
Rhino poaching in South Africa has surged over the past years. In 2007 only 13 Rhinos were illegally killed, a number which had increased to 83 for 2008. In 2009, the death toll stood at 122, followed by 333 in in 2010; 448 in 2011; 668 in 2012 and 1004 last year.
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