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20 January 2014

More than 1000 rhinos poached in 2013

More than 1000 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in 2013, a record number and an increase of over 50 percent from the previous year.

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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