S. Africa rhino poaching toll hits record near 700

Sep 22, 2013
An adult white rhino looks on at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo, 300 kms north east of Johannesburg on July 31, 2012. Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day.

Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day.

South Africa is home to the world's biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black market demand in Asia for their horns, from just 13 reported incidents in 2007.

South Africa's renowned Kruger park, which borders Mozambique, suffered the largest number of killings, with 425 killed since January, according to the environment ministry figures.

WWF's rhino coordinator Joe Shaw warned recently that the situation was becoming even more critical, with the number of rhinos killed set to exceed births, leading to an overall .

Asian consumers falsely believe the horns, the same material as fingernails, have powerful healing properties.

South Africa is home to around 80 percent of the world's rhino population, estimated at more than 25,000.

A total of 668 were killed in South Africa last year.

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kotyto
2.2 / 5 (5) Sep 22, 2013
It is racial..... for 50 years Africans (elites) have been gorging with foreign aid, with no tangible progress. As a friend says: foreign aid helps rich people in poor countries. 50 years after the demise of colonialism and they are hardly better than monkeys.
CapitalismPrevails
1 / 5 (6) Sep 22, 2013
Sounds like South Africa needs private property rights. Apparently their is demand for rhino horns just as there is demand for cattle beef. Yet do your hear a lot about poachers killing or stealing cattle from ranchers?
Sinister1811
1 / 5 (3) Sep 23, 2013
And they wonder why there's hardly any left. When white rhinos and elephants become extinct in the wild, where are they gonna get the ivory from?

Profit always comes ahead of the environment. Sigh.