Rhino poachers bring death toll in South Africa to record high

Guardian: Rhino poaching in South Africa has hit an all-time high with 341 animals killed so far in 2011 – already a bigger death toll than in any previous year. The total after 10 months surpasses the record total of 333 in the whole of 2010. It confirms a big upward surge in recent years: in 2007, only 13 rhinos were poached. The animals are being hunted illegally at an average of more than one a day to supply the rhino horn market in the Far East, driven by a belief it can cure cancer. But while......

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