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Rhino Poaching

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RHINO POACHING IN SOUTH AFRICA

A total of 333 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2010, including ten critically endangered black rhinos, according to national park officials. The yearly total is the highest ever experienced in South Africa and nearly triple 2009 when 122 rhinos were killed in the country.

THE RHINOCEROS

The rhinoceros is very large animal in size but not mistaken for its size it very fast when running can reach speeds of 30 – 40 miles per hour which is about the same as a NASCAR racing car coming straight for you. The rhinos skin is soft and quite sensitive to sunburns and insect bites and you wonder why a rhino rolles in the mud its to protect it from the sunburn and insects. Rhinos can message each other by leaving piles and piles of dung to inform the other rhinos about the area and since rhines can smell well the can get a lot about what the environment is like.

THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers 18,989 square kilometers (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometers (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometers (40 mi) from east to west.To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the "Biosphere"). The park has 9 main gates that allow entrance to the different camps. Kruger National Park was hit the hardest losing 146 rhinos to poaching in 2010; the park is home to the largest...