South Africa says over 1,000 rhinos poached in 2013
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year, a 50 per cent increase from 2012, fuelled by the black-market demand for their horns, the government said Friday.
"The total number of rhino poached in South Africa during 2013 increased to 1,004," the environment ministry announced in a statement.
Asian demand for rhino horn - prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties - has fuelled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals.
South Africa is home to around 80 per cent of the world's rhino population, estimated at more than 25,000.