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Did you know today is World Rhino Day?? - Poaching Escalates as Officials Recognize World Rhino Day:

Did you know today is World Rhino Day?? - Poaching Escalates as Officials Recognize World Rhino Day:

Photo credit: World Wildlife Fund Already this year, 287 rhinos have been killed in South Africa alone—16 of them critically endangered black rhinos. This startling spike in poaching sets a dark background for September 22, World Rhino Day. In spite of the increase in poaching activity, South African officials have already made 165 arrests, including an 11-member poaching ring thought to be responsible for the deaths of 20 rhinos. Still, poachers, driven by demand in Asian medicine markets, utilize advanced techniques to acquire the horns—each one worth a small fortune on the black market —and are willing to risk arrest or worse to accomplish their goal. Photo credit: World Wildlife Fund As the year's body count rockets towards 2010's all-time record of 333 dead rhinos, officials in South Africa are preparing to meet with delegations from China and Vietnam—the two countrie...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/poaching-escalate...

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