Huffpost Green

South Africa: 633 Rhinos Poached This Year

Posted: Updated:

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says at least 633 rhinoceros have been killed this year alone as a poaching epidemic continues to threaten the animals.

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued the new statistics in a statement Wednesday. The statistics show that 395, the majority of the killings, have taken place at the expansive Kruger National Park in South Africa's northeast.

From the 1990s to 2007, rhino killings in South Africa by poachers averaged about 15 a year. However, the number has soared as buyers in Asia now pay the U.S. street value of cocaine for rhino horn.

Rhino horn is made of keratin, a tough protein found in human fingernails. There's a belief in Asia that taking ground-up horn cures diseases. However, no medical evidence supports that.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Rhino Overload
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

WWF South Africa - Rhino Conservation

The Rhinoceros - South Africa

STOP RHINO POACHING NOW!

Rhino poaching hits record numbers in South Africa - CNN.com

Wilderness Foundation South Africa - Programmes

BBC News - South Africa rhino poaching: More killed than ever

Rhino poaching: South Africa and Vietnam sign deal

Rewards for info on rhino poachers

South Africa: Renouncing the Rhino

From Our Partners