South Africa rhino poaching toll jumps, record number of poaching deaths
Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:30 AM
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Some 558 rhino have been killed in South Africa already this year, setting the country on course for a gruesome new record number of poaching deaths, wildlife officials said Thursday.
Despite stepped-up efforts to curb the scourge, the number of animals killed is around 100 higher than at the same point in 2013, a year which saw a record 1,004 deaths.
The vast, tourist-filled Kruger National Park has been hardest hit.
"Since January 2014, 351 rhinos have been poached in the park," the department of environmental affairs said.
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