A very big thank you to those of you who visit our site and keep an active interest in the rhino poaching tragedy. Our rhinos are in very deep trouble, the poaching threat is ever-evolving and increasingly sinister while the challenges and dangers mount against rhino reserves and their brave rangers. Irrespective of how hard this gets we are committed for the long haul, and for our rhinos sake we’re counting on you too……
Please note: the counter on the Home Page is updated as information comes in, while this page reflects official stats which come out at monthly intervals or longer. For various reasons we do not disclose the details of certain poaching incidents, although the counter on the Home Page is always updated accordingly.
POACHERS FATALLY WOUNDED. please note this list is not complete.
2014: 30 + KNP: 2 + KZN
2013: 47 + in KNP, 3 + KZN

2011/2012: 54 suspected poachers were fatally injured in shootouts with anti-poaching units.

2010 : 333 RHINO POACHED.

323 White, 10 Black Rhino.

Of the full 333 rhinos poached, 82 were from private farms (81 white rhino and 1 black rhino.)



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2013 Official Stats


2012 Official Stats, including annual stats from 2012.


2011 Official Stats issued by SANParks on 09 January 2012:


2010/2011 stats. The following graph was created by StopRhinoPoaching.com:








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 .

The latest figures for South Africa should be released soon.


2010 STATS



Source: Louis van Schalkwyk, as published in the Landbou Weekblad in an article by Dr Kobus du Toit. See our History and Uses page for these articles in Arfikaans.