Poaching losses in the rhino stronghold of the Kruger National Park declined from 504 in 2017 to 421 in 2018, in parallel with ongoing efforts to bring the situation under control.
During the year, 229 alleged poachers were arrested inside and adjacent to the Kruger National Park - 40 more than in 2017. However, the Kruger National Park has also experienced an increase in elephant poaching to 71 killings in 2018.
WWF notes that the crisis for rhinos is far from over and it is important to consider the number of living rhinos remaining, as well as the number of poaching losses. Also of concern are reports from other rhino range states that levels of poaching pressure remain high across the region.
Although there were major arrests and successful convictions in 2018, the frequent granting of bail is a serious concern.