The Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa announced that last week nineteen rhino were killed in Kruger National park. This brings the total for the first months of this year to 313 in South Africa. At this rate, it is expected the death toll from poaching in South Africa alone could surpass 1,000 this year alone. This would be up almost 40% over last year's total.
Kruger has been particularly hard hit with 229 rhino's killed. Just two weeks ago it was announced that the very last rhino was killed in Limpopo National Park in Mozambique which adjoins Kruger.
In other poaching news, over two dozen elephants were massacred at a world heritage park in Central Africa. It is the first time that the poacher syndicate has hit this park. Last year over 25,000 elephants were killed by poachers.
At the current pace, it is estimated that elephants and rhino will no longer exist in the wild within 15 years.