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South African rhino poaching deaths nears 1,000

South African rhino poaching deaths nears 1,000

 

South Africa  has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for their horns, according to the environment ministry.

“The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 946,” the ministry said in a statement.

Asian demand for rhino horn – prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties – has fueled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals.

In 2007 only 13 rhinoceros were reported hunted illegally in South Africa, but since then the numbers have increased exponentially every year.

The toll stood at 668 in 2012, making 2013 the deadliest year on record for rhinos.

South Africa has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for their horns, according to the environment ministry.

“The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 946,” the ministry said in a statement.

Asian demand for rhino horn – prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties – has fuelled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals.

In 2007 only 13 rhinoceros were reported hunted illegally in South Africa, but since then the numbers have increased exponentially every year.

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The toll stood at 668 in 2012, making 2013 the deadliest year on record for rhinos Photo: ALAMY

 

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