RHINO STATISTICS - POACHED AND POPULATION FIGURES

Poaching Statistics: 2020
Year end stats: 394 rhinos poached in 2019 - read the official DEA press release here.

Poaching Statistics: 2019
Year end stats: 594 rhinos poached in 2019 - read the official DEA press release here.

Poaching Statistics: 2018
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.


ESCALATION OF RHINO POACHING
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.



OFFICIAL RHINO POACHING STATS - 2000 to 2014



MOST RECENT RHINO POACHING STATS IN AFRICA


MOST RECENT RHINO POPULATION STATISTICS

African and Asian Rhinoceroses - Status, Conservation and Trade - a report in preparation for CoP18. Click here.