Video: Poachers slaughtered 1,028 South African rhinos for their horns in 2017.




Poachers slaughtered 1,028 rhinos in South Africa in 2017.

That’s nearly 3 dead rhinos… every day.

Rhino horns sell for prices higher than gold — all because of their perceived (but mythological) medicinal values.

Even baby rhinos are killed for the sake of their tiny horns.

South Africa is home to 90 percent of the world’s rhinos.

Other rhino species live in Asia, where they’re also threatened by poachers.

At this rate, how long do rhinos have left in the wild?

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is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.

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