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Kenya rhino-poaching doubled last year

Published on Feb 28, 2014 12:19 AM

NAIROBI (AFP) - Armed poachers slaughtered double the number of Kenyan rhinos in 2013 compared to the year before amid a surge in wildlife killings, government officials said Thursday.

At least 59 rhinos were killed for their horns last year, compared to 30 in 2012, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Mbugua said.

The rise in poaching - with rhinos even being killed inside the heavily guarded Kenyan capital's national park - show that poachers have little fear of tough new laws designed to stem the wave of of killings.

There was more positive news for elephants, with killings down by around a fifth, from 384 killed in 2012 to 302 last year.

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