Africa's poaching crisis

Associated Press
Soldiers arrange a pyre of elephant tusks and thousands of pieces of worked ivory as they prepare to burn ivory stocks corresponding to roughly 850 dead elephants, in Libreville, Gabon, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Conservation organization WWF lauded Gabon's destruction of its ivory stocks, saying the move demonstrated the country's commitment to curbing poaching and the illegal ivory trade. CITES, the world body which regulates the international wildlife trade, last week issued a report saying that elephant poaching in Africa is at its highest rates since monitoring began in 2002. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda Tatou)

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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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