According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, a total of 1,004 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2013. The rate of poaching has continued to increase each year.
668 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2012.
341 rhinos were killed in 2011.
333 rhinos were killed in 2010.
122 rhinos were killed in 2009.
Wildlife protection officials state that the rhinos are killed by poachers for their horns.
Source: Christine Dell’Amore, “1,000+ Rhinos Poached in 2013: Highest in Modern History,” National Geographic, January 17, 2014.