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South Africa Sees Poaching Intensify as 749 Rhinos Killed

  • Majority of rhinos were killed in Kruger National Park
  • Government yet to decide on sale of rhino-horn stockpile
Crime scene investigator examines a recently poached rhino in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Crime scene investigator examines a recently poached rhino in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Rhino poaching in South Africa has intensified this year after a record number of animals were killed in 2014, according to Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

In the period to Aug. 27, 749 rhinos were poached compared with 716 in the same time frame last year, Molewa told reporters on Sunday in the capital, Pretoria. Of that total, 544 were killed in the 2 million-hectare Kruger National Park, which borders Mozambique and Zimbabwe.