Officials at the Kruger National Park on Friday said the existence of thousands of rhino is being threatened by poaching.

In 2012, 668 rhino were killed in South Africa for their horns, with the majority of animals being poached at the park. Officials from the park announced that rangers killed three suspected poachers during patrols. But authorities are still concerned at the rate at which the animals are being targeted. By the end of March, 135 rhino were poached in the Kruger National Park. Park spokesperson William Mabasa said at least 10 more rhino died since then.

“If you look at the trends, by the end of this year we would have lost 1,000 rhino in South Africa.”Mabasa said they were concerned that population growth will soon be cancelled out by the rate of poaching. He said the South African National Parks (SANParks) stepped up its anti-poaching initiatives in Kruger, but the threat continued to come in from surrounding villages and from across the Mozambican border.

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