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South Africa rhino poaching toll jumps

General July 10, 2014

A rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park on February 6, 2013Some 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. The vast, tourist-filled Kruger National Park has been hardest hit. South Africa is home to around 80 percent of the world's rhino population, estimated at more than 25,000 but alarming poaching figures are threatening the endangered species. After years of talks, South Africa and Mozambique in April signed an agreement to fight poaching.

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