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Evidence from sites of the recent killings in Zimbabwe showed poachers were “well organized and well funded.” Some “big money” syndicates even used light aircraft for poaching missions and reconnaissance.

“This is a regional onslaught and not isolated incidents,” Chidenga told the canada goose Associated Press.

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Last year, a Javan rhino, which is one of the world rarest mammals, was found dead in a Vietnamese national park with its horn chopped off. Experts believe only three to five of the animals still exist in Vietnam.

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