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Rhino Poaching Hits New Record High in South Africa

Rhino Poaching Hits New Record High in South Africa

In terms of poaching, elephants had an awful year in 2011, and now we learn that the same thing can be said for rhinos. Reuters reports that rhino poaching in South Africa increased 33% in 2011, with 443 rhinos killed and half of that poaching occurring in Kruger National Park: The street value of rhinoceros horn has soared to about $65,000 a kilogram ...as a belief—with no basis in science—has taken hold in recent years in parts of Asia that ingesting it can cure or prevent cancer.South Africa, home to 90% of the African rhino population at about 20,000 individuals, was losing about 15 animals a year a decade ago. But poaching increased dramatically from about 2007 as a growing affluent class in places such as Vietnam and Thailand began spending more on rhino horn for traditional medicine. I quote those two paragraphs because to the casual follower of the plight of the rh...

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