Poachers have killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa this year, with 455 slaughtered so far, the government says.
Only 13 rhinos were killed in 2007 but this rose sharply to 448 in 2011 - more than in any previous year.
Poaching is being driven by the soaring price of rhino horn, which is used in traditional medicine in Asian countries such as China and Vietnam.
South Africa has about 20,000 rhinos, or 90% of all the rhinos in Africa.
Most of the rhinos - 272 of the 455 - were killed in the world-famous Kruger National Park, the government's environmental affairs department said.
Efforts to curb poaching were continuing, with 207 people arrested so far this year, it added.
Via David Rowing