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“Currently one rhinoceros is killed by poachers every 16 hours in South Africa,” writes National Geographic reporter Peter Gwin.
Over the last three years, more than a thousand of the animals have been slaughtered. In response, police gunned down 22 poachers and arrested more than 200 last year. At the bloody heart of this conflict is the rhino’s horn, a prized ingredient in traditional Asian medicines. Though black market prices vary widely, as of last fall dealers in Vietnam quoted prices ranging from $33 to $133 a gram, which at the top end is double the price of gold and can exceed the price of cocaine.
Today, the Overseas Press Club of America announced that this story, “Rhino Wars,” earned Mr. Gwin and Reportage photographer Brent Stirton the Whitman Bassow award for environmental reporting. Read the full story on the National Geographic Web site and see more of Mr. Stirton’s photos here.
CAPTION: TUGELA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, COLENSO, NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 9: A female rhino (left) who 4 months ago survived a brutal dehorning by poachers who used a chainsaw to remove her horns and a large section of bone in this area of her skull in Natal, South Africa on November 9, 2010. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images)
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In danger: White rhinoceros
An anti-poaching team guards a northern white rhino, part of a 24-hour watch, at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. The park is home to four of the world’s remaining eight northern white rhinos, the world’s most endangered animal. At least 745 rhinos were poached across Africa in 2012 - 668 in South Africa alone. Their horns fetch high prices on the black market in Vietnam. Kenya wants a ban on the export of white rhinos killed as ‘trophies’ from South Africa and Swaziland. But cites officials argue trophy hunting can be a ‘sustainble management option and beneficial for the conservation of the species’ | image: Brent Stirton for NG
Adams’s photograph The Tetons and the Snake River has the distinction of being one of the 115 images recorded on the Voyager Golden Record aboard the Voyager spacecraft. These images were selected to convey information about humans, plants and animals, and geological features of the Earth to a possible alien civilization.
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February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984