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Poaching Statistics: 2018
21 September 2018 - read the official press DEA press release here.

Poaching Statistics: 2017
Year end stats: 1 028 rhinos poached in 2017 - read the official press release here.

Apart from the figures listed on our page below, click here to access the DEA Rhino Poaching Stats page with links to press releases (2012 to 2016 only).

Poaching Statistics: 2016
Year end stats: 1 054 rhinos poached in 2016 - read the official press release here.

Annual running totals of official & unofficial poaching stats (where available) from 2011 to end 2015, grouped to see escalation by month.

Poaching Stats: Regular Updates stopped by DEA Minister Molewa early in 2015. Our response.

StopRhinoPoaching.com has always gone out of its way to support Government, but feel that the Minister’s move to stop the reporting of regular poaching stats is incredibly shortsighted. Of all the points listed in her letter below, it’s a pity DEA hides behind "no regulations or legal obligation to publish stats” when South Africans from every walk of life have invested emotionally and financially in the rhino cause. Thousands have donated their hard-earned R20/ R500/ R1 000 +. Children have given pocket money, birthday money, held cupcake sales on pavements. Groups have teamed together and created fundraisers, businesses have donated percentages of sales, the international community has donated to an animal they may never even see…

Global attention is on South Africa and how the DEA is handling the rhino crisis… and like good old ESCOM, our Minister of Environmental Affairs flicks the switch and keeps the world in the dark.

MILLIONS of Rand have been donated, by far the majority having gone towards the security of state owned animals. The Minister deciding to withhold stats from the public has a ripple effect in two critical areas:

  • Regular stats kept RHINO SECURITY in the spotlight through regular media features. This encourages the public to keep supporting security related projects – funding that is desperately needed to keep rhinos alive in the first place.
  • Withholding stats breeds mistrust at a time when the DEA and our Government can least afford it. Rather than hiding the figures, surely it’s better to tell the truth and educate the public on why this is such a challenging crime to address despite all the interventions?


Yes Minister Molewa, you may not have a legal obligation to the public, but how about a moral one?

Thank you to Stroop - Die Film for posting this response from DEA.




African and Asian Rhinoceroses - Status, Conservation and Trade - a report in preparation for CoP17. Click here.



  • Black rhino in South Africa - between 1822 and 2014 animals
  • White rhino in South Africa - between 17 396 and 19 369 animals


The following figures have been extracted from the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group statement issued 09 March 2016. For the full article click here.


Since 2008, 5 940 rhinos have been killed in Africa.


Population estimates:
19 682 to 21 077 White rhino in Africa
5 042 to 5 455 Black rhino in Africa

South Africa conserves 79% of Africa's rhino and has suffered the bulk of the poaching (85%) since 2008.


Update from Minister Edna Molewa on 30 August 2015. Click here for the full press release.

During September 2014, a Rhino survey using peer-reviewed scientific methods recorded 8 001 to 9 290 white rhino in the Kruger National Park. Elsewhere in South Africa, the African Rhino Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that provincial reserves have 4 400 white rhinos while private owners have 5 300. The total South African white rhino population remains relatively stable since 2012 in the face of escalating poacher activity. As you all know, as poachers go for the bigger animals, young ones are left orphaned; and we continue to take care of these rhinos. Since 2012 a total of 26 orphaned rhinos have been rescued from the KNP; eight of these were during 2015. These orphans will ultimately be released as part of family groups in semi-intensive and free-ranging areas.


IUCN’s Species Survival Commission’s (SSC) African Rhino Specialist Group: Experts predict that if poaching continues to increase at this rate, rhino populations could start to decline in less than two years’ time.

"Well-organized and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn,” says Mike Knight, Chairman of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, a group of rhino experts within IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. "Over the past few years, consumer use of rhino horn has shifted from traditional Asian medicine practices to new uses, such as to convey status. High levels of consumption – especially the escalating demand in Viet Nam – threaten to soon reverse the considerable conservation gains achieved over the last two decades."

There are currently 5,055 Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and 20,405 White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Africa.

Click here for the full CoP16 Inf. 51 report - Latest Trends in Rhino Numbers and Poaching.

Click here for the CoP16 Doc.54.2 (Rev. 1) Report on Interpretation and Implementation of the Convention Species Trade and Conservation - Rhinoceroses.