During 2010, 333 rhinos were slaughtered in South Africa, and 2011′s death toll is rising.
Some of the killings have been noted here, such as last month’s tragedy in the Western Cape, where a rhino was darted and overdosed at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.
Just a few days earlier, a rhino was murdered in the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, near the town of Senekal, in South Africa’s Free State Province.
Also in January, a rhino was killed in KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to that, two rhinos were murdered in Kruger National Park, a pregnant rhino was slaughtered in the Hoedspruit area, and another near Musina. Still another was killed in the Eastern Cape, at Kariega Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea.
In addition, at least seven rhinos have been gunned down in Zimbabwe. Two rhinos have been killed in protected areas within India – one in Orang, and the other in Kaziranga National Park. The year’s first tragedy occurred in Nepal.