Rhino killings surpass 800 for 2013

2013-11-07 07:17
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Cape Town – A rhino focus group announced on Wednesday that the number of illegally killed rhinos in South Africa for 2013 has reached 825.

Annamiticus reports that 500 of the 825 have been gunned down in the Kruger National Park adding that between 1 January and 13 March 15.36 rhinos were killed each week in the country.

Rhino killings have increased dramatically in recent years due to the demand for horns from the asian black market. In 2007 only 13 incidents were reported.

Investigators have nabbed several suspected poachers recently.

Three men appeared in a Mpumalanga court on Wednesday, two men appeared in Limpopo on Tuesday, and two Durban women appeared in court last week for a poaching conspiracy.
 
Read more on:    conservation  |  rhino poaching
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