Rhinos Killed in South Africa In First Half of 2013

According to criminal justice officers in South Africa, 515 rhinos were killed by poachers between January 1, 2013 to July 23, 2013. The rhinos were killed for their horns which are sold on the black market in Asia. (Prices of rhino horns and ivory on the illegal wildlife trade.) 668 rhinos were killed  in all… Continue reading Rhinos Killed in South Africa In First Half of 2013

Value of Gold Smuggled Out of Zimbabwe Each Month

The Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe reported in May 2013 that up to $50 Million worth of gold was being illegally smuggled out of Zimbabwe each month. The gold is believed to be smuggled to South Africa where it is refined on its way to Switzerland. The cost to refine the gold in South Africa… Continue reading Value of Gold Smuggled Out of Zimbabwe Each Month

Human Smuggling Fee from Ethiopia to South Africa

The Ethiopia Embassy in Kenya stated that its citizens were detained in Kenya after being caught up in a human smuggling scheme. The embassy reported that people were paying human smugglers $2,715 (50,000 Ethipoian Birr) to be smuggled from Ethiopia to South Africa. Instead, the smugglers were apprehended in Kenya by immigration officials. Source:  “Ethiopia:… Continue reading Human Smuggling Fee from Ethiopia to South Africa

Rhino Deaths in January 2013

Wildlife protection organizations and the South African Government reported that 82 rhinos were killed by poachers in January 2013. In Kruger National Park in South Africa, 61 rhinos were killed. 14 poachers were arrested as well. In 2012, a record 668 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa. Source:  Adam Vaughn, “WWF plans to… Continue reading Rhino Deaths in January 2013

Vietnamese Rhino Horn Trafficking Arrests

In the first six months of 2012, there have been 43 arrests of Asian nationals for rhino horn trafficking in South Africa. 24 were from Vietnam.

Despite having a large black market in rhino horns, there have been zero seizures of rhino horns in the country since 2008.

In 2011, at least 443 rhinos were killed in South Africa.

Number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2011

A record 443 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa in 2011, an increase from the 333 killed in 2010. In the Kruger National Park alone, 244 rhinos were killed. Authorities killed 21 poachers and arrested 78 people in the area of the park during the year.Over 95 percent of the cases were believed to have involved poachers from neighboring Mozambique.