The South African National Parks Board on Tuesday revealed that five suspected rhino poachers were killed in the first 10 days of this year.
Two of these were killed at the Kruger National Park, two others in Limpopo and one more in the Eastern Cape.
It also emerged that more animals were killed last year than previously reported. SANParks said the number of rhino poached across South Africa last year was 333, up from the 304 sited in previous reports.
SANPark’s CEO David Mabunda called poaching an “unforgivable crime” and said 2010 will be remembered as one of the worst for conservation in South Africa. It also emerged that 162 arrests were made last year, about 15 more than reported earlier.
Mabunda said the war against poachers will be intensified in the coming months.