South Africa says record 1,215 rhinos poached in 2014 as illegal trade in coveted horn surges

January 22, 2015 3:15 PM

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South Africa says record 1,215 rhinos poached in 2014 as illegal trade in coveted horn surges

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, investigators open the decomposed corpse of a poached rhino in search of forensic evidence, on the border with neighboring Mozambique near Skukuza, South Africa. South African officials said Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 a record 1,215 rhinos were poached in 2014, a 21 percent increase over the previous year. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File) (The Associated Press)

JOHANNESBURG – A record 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, the latest grim statistic in an increasingly desperate struggle to stem a surge in the killing of rhinos for their horns, officials said Thursday.

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