South Africa Says Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014

January 22, 2015 4:09 PM

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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.

Edna Molewa, South Africa's environment minister, said the toll represented a 21 percent increase over the previous year. South Africa is home to most of the world's rhinos.

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