At least 373 rhinos have been killed for their horns in South Africa during the first eight months of 2012, according to the country’s Department of Environmental Affairs.
Of the total, 229 were massacred in the famed Kruger National Park.
So far this year, 199 people have been arrested in South Africa for rhino crimes.
Rhino horns seized
The Manila Standard Today reports that a shipment of rhino horns was intercepted by customs officers.
Six rhino horns were hidden among 300 sacks of cashew nuts. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, the Philippines was likely a transit point; the rhino horns were headed to either China or Vietnam. The Sun.Star added that the cargo was from Mozambique.
Rhino horn robbers in jail
Two men identified by BBC news as Jamie Channon and Tony Moore have been jailed for stealing a rhinoceros head from Haslemere Educational Museum in May 2011. The Guilford Crown Court sentenced Channon to three years and Moore to two.
White rhino with calf via Shutterstock
Rhishja is the founder of Annamiticus, a nonprofit organization which provides educational information and news about wildlife crime and endangered species. She is the Editor of the blogs Annamiticus, Rhino Horn is Not Medicine, and Project Pangolin, a Producer for the upcoming documentary "The Price", author of the book "Murder, Myths & Medicine", and host of the "Behind the Schemes" podcast. When Rhishja is not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, she enjoys rocking out to live music.