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Bad week sees rhino tally reach 367

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 367, according to a statement by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

On Monday, Tourism Update reported that the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year stood at 350 but in just a few days a further 17 have been killed. 

The Kruger National Park continues to be the most seriously affected, with 247 animals killed since the beginning of the year. In the North West province 35 rhinos have been poached, 33 in KwaZulu Natal, 28 in Limpopo, 23 in Mpumalanga and one in Gauteng.

DEA Spokesman, Albi Modise, said the number of arrests in connection with poaching now stood at 114.  The majority of these (109) were alleged poachers and five were couriers.  A total of 50 suspected poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park.

Modise said Andrew Desmet, a ranger who was shot and wounded in the stomach during a joint operation to arrest rhino poachers near Letaba on May 24, remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a Nelspruit hospital. 

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