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Kruger National Park - 8 Rhino Carcasses

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced in a statement that while in intensified patrols in the various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Tuesday, 10 January 2012, rangers found eight (8) carcasses with their horns missing in two sections of the park. This, according to SANParks General Manager, Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, Reynold Thakhuli, said three (3) carcasses were found in Lower Sabie and five (5) in the Pretoriuskop section of the park. The South African Police Service was "already working on a few leads" after eight rhino carcasses were found in the southern section of the Kruger National Park on Tuesday in just one day. 

South Africa lost 448 rhinos to poachers last year, of which 252 were in the Kruger National Park. The figure was markedly higher than 2010’s countrywide loss of 333 rhinos and in stark contrast to the loss of 24 in 2006. South Africa is home to almost 90% of the world’s estimated 22,800 rhinos. These animals are under unprecedented attack linked to increased demand in Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, thought to be sparked by increased affluence in the region. There is a mistaken impression that the horn — made of keratin, the fibrous structural proteins that make up hair and nails — has medicinal properties, including as a cure for cancer. To help save the rhino and for more information, please visit www.savetherhino.org