Rhino poaching update – September 2012

The latest rhino poaching statistics, from the Department of Environmental Affairs SA, indicates that a total of 381 rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year. The total number of arrests remains at 199.

Thus far, the Kruger National Park has lost 236 rhinos to poaching. Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers- collectively accounting for the loss of 117 rhinos.

Rhino poaching statistics:

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381 rhinos have been killed in SA since the beginning of this year
SA 2010 2011 2012
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 236
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3
GP 15 9 1
LIM 52 74 43
MP 17 31 19
NW 57 21 40
EC 4 11 3
FS 3 4 0
KZN 38 34 34
WC 0 6 2
NC 1 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 381


The number of individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching remains at 199. 176 of the arrested are at the level of poacher, 10 are receivers and 13 are couriers.

Your chance to help

Wildlife Volunteershave the opportunity to help protect and conserve one of the planet’s most endangered and vulnerable species, the Black Rhino.

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A 'lucky' rhino who survived it's horn removal by poachers

At the Rhino and Elephant Sanctuary, volunteers have the opportunity to work hands on with the endangered rhino as well as the elephants and other wildlife found on the beautiful safari ranch.   This is an ideal project for anyone wanting to work up-close with wildlife and become completely immersed in the vital struggle to conserve the African Rhino.  It offers a truly unique opportunity – to live amongst the wildlife and share in the daily experiences of a 10,000 acre African Game Reserve. Volunteers are a vital part of the work that is being done to breed and rehabilitate the endangered rhino back to their natural environment.

For anyone needing to do research for Zoology/Conservation degrees or considering a future working with wildlife, this is a fantastic opportunity – with close-up viewing of animal behaviour and the ability to observe unique ecosystems in rivers, lakes and plains.

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Your chance to do something


A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over eight years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.

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