Police find 100 rhino horns in South Africa
South African police said on Thursday they seized 100 rhino horns and four tiger carcasses in a sting operation. Home to about 80 per cent of the world rhino population, South Africa has been the epicentre of poaching in recent years. Last year it lost 769 rhinos to poachers, and more than 7,100 animals have been slaughtered over the past decade. Three suspects were arrested during the operation, the Hawks, an elite police unit, said in a statement. “Their arrest follows an intelligence driven operation by the Hawks,” it said. It was not immediately clear where the horns and carcasses came from, but the famed Kruger National Park has traditionally been the poaching hotspot.