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JOHANNESBURG - Around 40 rhino horns worth millions of dollars have been stolen from the safe of a state tourism organisation in South Africa, a press report said Monday. Credit: Getty Creative The horns -- which are highly prized in some forms traditional medicine -- were taken from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) at the weekend, the Lowvelder newspaper reported. "The culprit, or culprits, cut open two steel safes fitted with double locks," a source from the agency said. Dex Kotze, conservationist and CEO of South African jeweller Jenna Clifford, which backs a campaign against rhino poaching, said the haul could be worth as much as $16 million (12 million euros). Neither...

WASHINGTON - A Texas hunting club Saturday auctioned off a permit to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia, raising $350,000 towards conservation efforts for the animal, but not without controversy. Credit: Thinkstock The Dallas Safari Club, which said all money would be given to Namibia for "anti-poaching patrols, habitat protection, research and other measures crucial for protecting populations of endangered black rhinos," has nonetheless sparked the ire of some wildlife groups. A government-approved annual quota, in place in Namibia since 2012, gives permission for the killing of five black rhinos per year. "Science shows that selective hunting helps rhino populations grow," the club...

The western black rhinoceros, last spotted in 2006, is now officially extinct. According to the Daily Mail U.K., the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the largest conservation network, declared this week that the subspecies is totally wiped out. Credit: Thinkstock Experts say the western black rhino fell victim to poachers and an overall lack of conservation efforts. Conservationists hope that this tragic news encourages people to protect other rhino species in danger of extinction. Both the northern white rhino and Javan rhino are at the brink of disappearing. "In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different...

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania will continue a controversial anti-poaching operation, President Jakaya Kikwete said Thursday, overturning a suspension following reports of rampant human rights abuses including torture and killing of suspects. Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests. "We are going to rectify such mistakes and take to task culprits, and later continue with the mission to fight poachers and protect elephants from imminent extinction," Kikwete told parliament. The campaign,...

PRETORIA – Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day. South Africa is home to the world's biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black market demand in Asia for their horns, from just 13 reported incidents in 2007. South Africa's renowned Kruger park, which borders Mozambique, suffered the largest number of killings, with 425 rhinos killed since...

A black rhino at the Denver Zoo was not in the mood for visitors. According to Fox News, one of the visitors who paid extra to feed and touch the rhino had her finger bitten by the animal. Ouch! Mshindi the rhino nipped the woman's hand while the visitor was feeding the endangered creature. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital immediately after the incident. Neither the hospital nor the zoo have disclosed the extent of the injury. Staff at the Denver Zoo believe that Mshindi did not intentionally harm the woman. The...