17 Jan '12, 9pm

Poachers Have Already Killed Eleven African Rhinos in 2012

Poachers Have Already Killed Eleven African Rhinos in 2012

PharSideUK /Video screen capture It's been just a little over two weeks since the new year began, but it's already shaping up to be another deadly year for South Africa's imperiled rhinos. In just the last half-month alone, poachers have claimed the lives of at least eleven rhinos for the purpose of removing their horns -- with eight found dead in just one day -- putting 2012 on track to be one of the worst years for rhinos ever. Ground zero for rhino poaching in South Africa has been Kruger national park, a sprawling 7,523 square mile big game reserve along the country's border with Mozambique. In 2011, over half of the 448 rhinos killed in South Africa resided within Kruger, despite the presence of some 500 park rangers. Faced with the the recent poaching spike, South African authorities plan to add 150 more rangers to patrol Kruger and install a 95-mile electric barrier...

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