Africa's poaching crisis

Associated Press
In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 file photo, a white rhino grazes in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Alarmed that rebel militias could be profiting from a sharp increase in the poaching of elephants and rhinos, the U.S. plans to step up efforts to build a global coalition to combat the illegal wildlife trade, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

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Africa's biggest animals were poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory from Asia driving the slaughter of rhinos and elephants. Poachers have killed hundreds of rhinos in South Africa and thousands of elephants, according to environment ministry figures.

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