Friday, January 17, 2014

South Africa: Game Park Protects Rhinos Against Poaching

2013 was a very bad year for South African rhinos with almost 1,000 animals killed for their horns. That death toll is 50% higher than in 2012 - despite a more concerted international fight against poaching and an international trade ban that has been in place for decades. South Africa is home to more than 25,000 rhinos, which is roughly 80 percent of the world's rhinoceros population. But with their horns more valuable than gold in Asia markets, this ancient species is losing the fight against possible extinction. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from a private game park in South Africa, where experts are trying to still save the rhino.