More than 1000 rhinos were
poached for their horns in South Africa in 2013, a record number and an
increase of over 50% from the previous year, the country's department of
environmental affairs said on Friday.
More valuable than gold
The data is sure to ring
conservation alarm bells about a downward population spiral in a country that
is home to almost all of Africa and the world's rhinos, and it may bring renewed
pressure on the government to do something to halt the slayings.
The surging demand for
ivory also mostly comes from rapidly growing Asian economies.
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