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Johannesburg - A total of 381 rhinos have been killed since the start of the year, the environmental affairs department said on Wednesday.
“Thus far, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has lost 236 rhinos to poaching,” it said in a statement.
“Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 117 rhinos.”
Last year, 448 rhinos were killed, 252 of these in the KNP.
In 2010, 333 rhinos were killed, 146 of them in the KNP.
The department said 199 people had been arrested this year in connection with rhino poaching. Of these 176 were poachers, 10 were receivers of the horns, and 13 couriers. - Sapa