South Africa: 171 Rhinos Killed in 105 Days

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South Africa’s rhino massacre continues.


South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that at least 171 rhinos have already been killed this year.

103 of the murders occurred in the country’s famous Kruger National Park.

The Department has asked the public to report incidents and provide tip-offs by calling 0800 205 005.

More killings than last year at this time

By April 20th of 2011, at least 130 rhinos had been slaughtered for the rhino horn trade.

However, thanks to the continued ban on rhino horn trade combined with ongoing conservation efforts, rhino populations have increased overall in Africa.


Image © Saving Rhinos

Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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