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Published April 04, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rhino horns

In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, customs officers stand guard near seized rhino horns at the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department in Hong Kong when Hong Kong Customs seized a total of 33 unmanifested rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets, worth about HK$17 million ($2.23 million), inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town, South Africa. Experts say Vietnam's surging demand of rhino horn is threatening to wipe out the world's remaining rhinoceros populations, which recovered from the brink of extinction after the 1970s thanks to conservation campaigns. Illegal killings in Africa hit the highest recorded level in 2011 and are expected to worsen this year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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