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Today's World #Rhino Day. Learn about the poaching crisis & how you can help these beautiful animals.

287 rhinos poached in South Africa this year alone. Over 165 arrests made. Now, more than ever, we need to curb demand for rhino horn and end poaching. September 22, 2011 marks the second annual World Rhino Day with the slogan “Rhino horns are not medicine.” It was created in 2010 to draw attention to the alarming rise of rhino poaching in southern Africa. Rhino horns are in high demand in Asia where they are believed to cure diseases like cancer. The poaching crisis At least 287 rhinos were poached in South Africa so far in 2011, including 16 or more critically endangered black rhinos. A majority of the poaching occurred in the world famous Kruger National Park, but privately owned rhinos were also targeted. Over 165 arrests were made in 2011 and some convicted poachers were sentenced to up to 12 years in prison. The trial of an 11 member suspected poaching syndicate is s...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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