South Africa, Zimbabwe epicentre of rhino poaching explosion

South Africa and Zimbabwe have been ringed as the new epicentre of a resurgent rhino smuggling and poaching crisis, with reports of bogus “sport hunters” from Vietnam coming to hunt, allegedly with the collusion of Vietnamese embassy staff, including a senior official who invoked diplomatic immunity to escape arrest.

Rhinos are often killed solely for the horns or for “sport”.

Poaching affects more than just the animal that is killed; orphaned Rhinos are common in Africa.

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