It’s no secret that rhinos are being poached in record numbers, and despite efforts to protect the animals, 2014 is on track to be the worst year in nearly a decade for rhino deaths. So far poachers have killed more than 500 rhinos, the majority of which lived in South Africa. Last year the number of rhinos poached ended at 1,004 – the highest number since 2006.

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Poachers hunt rhinos for their horns, which are popular in several Asian countries, where some men believe that rhino horn powder will improve their sexual performance. Since 2007, poaching has shot up a shocking 5000%, despite conservation efforts and an executive order from President Obama to help protect the animals.

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Over 80% of the world’s rhinos live in South Africa and worldwide there are only about 25,000 left in the wild. A majority of the poaching takes place in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, a popular safari park, where 351 rhinos have been killed.

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