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South Africa rhino toll tops 1,000

The number of rhinos killed for their horns in South Africa topped a record 1,000 in 2013, and three dozen have been poached so far this year, the government says.

About 60% of the 1,004 rhinos killed last year were poached in Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship game reserve. It says 668 rhinos were poached in 2012.

Officials say 343 people were arrested for offences related to rhino poaching in 2013, a 30% increase over the previous year.

Rhino horn is seen in parts of Asia as a status symbol and a healing agent. There is no evidence that rhino horn, made from the same material as fingernails, is an effective medicine.


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