Rhino poaching in South Africa has broken the 100 barrier for the year with the latest figures released today by the Department of Environmental Affairs. So far in 2013 102 rhino have been killed by poachers for their horns. In the last week alone 4 rhino were lost in the Kruger National Park and another 2 at a private reserve close to Polokwane in Limpopo Province.
The number of poachers arrested since the start of the year stands at 40 with 6 being arrested in the last 48 hours.
The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of the killings with 70 rhino now being killed this year.
In the release of the rhino killing figures the Department claims that the trend in poaching is now heading downwards with the average number of rhinos poached each week in 2012 being 3 and the average number of rhino poached each week now down to 2.
However the released figures do not show how the department has come to that conclusion. The numbers in fact demonstrate that 2013 is heading to be a worst year than 2012.
In 2012 668 rhino were killed that works out at 12.8 rhino a week. So far in the 7 weeks of 2013 that these figures cover 102 rhino have been killed or an average of 14.5 rhino a week. If the current rate of rhino poaching continues through the year then South Africa could lose 754 rhino.
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This is purely a guess but I think that the fiugures of 3 rhino a week being killed in 2012 and the drop to 2 rhino a week in 2013 is a mistake and it should have read 3 rhino a day in the later half of 2012 with 2 rhino a day now being killed in 2013. In which case there would be a welcomed downward trend.