South Africa 633 Rhinos killed in 2012

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs  says at least 633 rhinoceros have been killed this year alone as a poaching epidemic continues to threaten the animals.

 The statistics show that 395, the majority of the killings, have taken place at the expansive Kruger National Park in South Africa's northeast.

From the 1990s to 2007, rhino killings in South Africa by poachers averaged about 15 a year. However, the number has soared as buyers in Asia now pay the U.S. street value of cocaine for rhino horn.

Rhino horn is made of keratin, a tough protein found in human fingernails. There's a belief in Asia that taking ground-up horn cures diseases. However, no medical evidence supports that.

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