South Africa: 210 Rhinos Killed in 128 Days

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According to the latest news released by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, the country’s rhino death toll has risen to 210 since the beginning of the year.

Flagship tourist destination Kruger National Park has been hardest hit, with 127 of its rhinos slaughtered.

Arrests for this year total 128 so far; 67 of these were made in Kruger National Park.

BuaNews reported that South Africa is “cooperating with perceived transit or consumer countries in the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

Last year, the rhino death toll did not reach 200 until July 4th.

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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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