Po­lice find 100 rhino horns in South Africa

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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.

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