633 rhino killed in SA

The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo remain the hardest hit provinces.

Rhino on the game farm belonging to alleged poaching kingpin Dawie Groenewald. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The latest rhino poaching statistics show 633 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the start of 2012.

The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo remain the hardest hit provinces.

At the Kruger National Park alone, 395 rhino were lost to poachers.

The number of arrests made in connection with poaching currently stands at 266.

Environmental Affairs spokesperson Albi Modise said, "These arrests are quite important. The arrests are at different levels.

"There are those who are at the level of poaching, those who are couriers and those who are accused of being receivers of rhino horn."

Last Wednesday, the South African National Parks (SANParks) announced it will reward members of the public who come forward with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of rhino poachers.

SANParks CEO David Mabunda also revealed a five-year-plan to fight poaching at the Kruger National Park.

The park is offering a R1 million reward for information that will help them lock up the rhino poaching syndicates.