Dr Joseph Okori, head of WWF’s Rhino Programme in Africa, talks about the African rhino poaching crisis.
South Africa has lost at least 287 rhinos in 2011, including 16 or more critically endangered black rhinos. A majority of the poaching incidents have occurred in the world famous Kruger National Park, but privately owned rhinos have also been targeted. Law enforcement officials have made over 165 arrests so far during the year, and some convicted poachers have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
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