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Rare Indian rhinos face growing threat from poachers

General July 12, 2016

Recent years have seen an alarming upsurge in the slaughter of one-horned rhinos, whose horn is highly prized in neighbouring China and in VietnamAs night falls over the lush plains of India's Kaziranga national park, a small group of lightly armed forest guards sets out on foot to protect the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos. A decade ago, India had all but declared victory over poaching in Kaziranga, a 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) protected area of forest in the northeastern state of Assam that is home to around 2,500 rhinos. At least a dozen rhinos have been poached in Kaziranga in the first six months of this year, more than twice the number killed in the whole of 2006.

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