01 Dec '11, 5pm

Rhinos at risk of poaching get US crime-fighting boost -- CSI kits:

Rhinos at risk of poaching get US crime-fighting boost -- CSI kits:

A worker from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows rhino horns after a de-horning process in this Oct 8, 2010 file photo in Chipinge National Park situated at 360km west of Harare. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US-based animal protection group said on Wednesday it is collecting money for a new initiative to equip rangers in South Africa and Zimbabwe with crime-scene kits to better track rhinoceros poachers. The programme was announced just weeks after rhino poaching in South Africa hit a record high for the year, and follows more troubling news that several species of rhino have been poached into extinction or close to it. The rare, lumbering creatures are increasingly targeted to supply organised crime syndicates selling rhino horn for use in Asian medicinal treatments, especially in Vietnam, where it is believed to cure cancer. The initiative aims to cut back on rhino de...

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