05 Jul '11, 3am

193 Rhinos Killed in South Africa So Far This Year

The WWF reports that of the 193 rhinos poached so far this year, 126 animals were killed in South Africa's Kruger National Park, one of the largest wildlife preserves on the continent and home to over half the rhinos on the planet. Last year, rhinos faired little better, with 333 of the animals having been killed by poachers -- though sadly the trend may be spreading. According to a statement from the WWF obtained by Bloomberg News , illegal hunters have been taking advantage of South Africa's border with Swaziland in order to avoid detection. Nevertheless, authorities have managed to apprehend 123 poachers this year, but only six have so far been successfully prosecuted. Equally as troubling as South Africa's rising rate of rhino deaths is the fact that poachers appear to be targeting animals in regions where they haven't in years; For the first time in nearly 20 years, p...

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