366 rhino poachers arrested in Kruger National Park since start of 2018

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While 366 alleged rhino were arrested in the since the start of last year, 472 white rhinos were poached in the park between April 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.

This was revealed in Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy’s reply to a written parliamentary question by DA MP James Lorimer.

A rhino mutilated for its horn. Picture: Susan Scott

Apart from the 366 people who were arrested in the park, seven were also arrested in the Pilanesberg National Park and three in the Motala National Park between January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.

Of the 376 arrested, 15 worked for SANParks.

Between April 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, 472 white rhinos were poached in Kruger, 28 in Pilanesberg, one in Mokala, and two in Marakele.

During the same period, 32 black rhinos were poached in Kruger and three in Pilanesberg.

Creecy said, in her response, due to the “persistent threat” of rhino , was implementing a “holistic, integrated and multidimensional response”, involving her department, the police, Hawks, SA National Defence Force, SARS’ customs division, National Prosecuting Authority and State Security Agency.

“This approach has seen a moderate decline of 91 incidents from the same period last year,” she added, saying the authorities were also collaborating across the borders to “ensure rhino poachers are brought to book”.

This article was first published by The Citizen on 12 August 2019.

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Poaching is a cruel and gruesome business; it’s an opportunity for a displaced, unemployed, heartless, dirt-poor, demented individual. The more efforts used to educate the communities and stop or condemn poaching is negatively countered five-fold by the criminal cartels. Possible swift and severe punishment (like public be-headings) might be a useful deterrent.

Michele Jankelow

Mans greed at its worst!

M Leybra
M Leybra

Looking at photo w/ this article, should we assume that, that rhino is dead or just laying there alive & mutilated?

M Leybra
M Leybra

Now that 376 rhino poachers have been arrested what comes next, anything or are they still continuing to kill more rhinos?

Stella Lorenzo

They should be killed just as they killed these poor animals. They don’t have any respect for living life and taking up space

Jace Kai

Arresting them wastes everyone’s time and money. Bullet in the head of each of them. Cheap Case Closed.

Bren L Ehnot

just shoot them.

Ken Prewitt

You don’t arrest them you shoot them in the head food for lions and tigers.

Patti McNeill


Blake Simpson

Kill every one of them.

Finn Huxley Thomas

Find a long wall and finish these poachers off for good.

Chris Saranchuk

And may all of these 366 Rhino poachers get what they deserve. karma

Nancy Griffin
Nancy Griffin

the Chinese are in Africa, developing infastructure; they eat everything. Soon there won’t be anything left. Bush meat.

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

they should be executed!!!!!!

Carole Knowlea

Why can’t we stop poachers..

Karen Yap

Carole Knowlea you need to study the impact of poaching to the economy of Africa n the economic needs of the poachers first before you can resolve this matter properly.go to the heart of the matter n it will stop. N of course teaching of ethics n religious beliefs will support the cause too

Lutz Hofmann


Joyce Dannheim

How can this still be going on? These precious animals are on the verge of extinction

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Poachers should be poached into extinction

Tonia Vassila

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