03 Nov '11, 4pm

More Rhinos Killed in 10 Months of 2011 Than in Any Previous Year:

More Rhinos Killed in 10 Months of 2011 Than in Any Previous Year:

2011 is turning out to be a bad year for rhinos worldwide. In October, the Javan rhino was officially declared extinct in Vietnam . Now, new data from South Africa shows that this will be the worst year on record for poaching there. So far, 341 animals have been lost to poaching in 10 months of 2011, topping the 333 killed in all of last year. The poaching is driven by demand for rhino horn in the medicine markets of East and South East Asia. Recently, Vietnam, in particular, has emerged as a primary driver in the global demand for rhino horn . "The value of a rhino goes well beyond its horn,” explained Dr. Barney Long, WWF’s Asian species expert. “rhinos have been an integral part of the natural world for tens of millions of years, and humankind is causing dramatic declines in just a few decades. We can change the outcome." Poaching has been a focus for law enforcement of...

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