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U.S. bans sale and trade of white rhino horns

The last remaining species of rhinoceros that is not endangered will receive new US protection due to an intensifying poaching crisis, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. The southern white rhinoceros, found mainly in South Africa, will now be considered “threatened,” which bars their sale and trade in the United States…

Zoo probes mystery rhino deaths

An Australian outback zoo was Wednesday investigating the sudden and mystifying deaths of four white rhinos who showed “neurologic abnormalities” like stumbling. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a safari-style animal park about 400 kilometres (248 miles) west of Sydney, said toxins, bacterial infection, snake venom and organ failure had so far been ruled out…

S.Africa may dehorn rhinos, ban hunts to stop poaching

South Africa is investigating dehorning its rhino population and stopping legal trophy hunts to fight a poaching crisis that has killed 279 animals this year, the environment minister said Monday. Officials are considering putting a moratorium on rhino hunting to deal with abuses in the allocation of permits, which were…

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