S.Africa: Funds raised to fight rhino poaching

December 2, 2011 - 5:06 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African conservationists are welcoming a fundraising campaign aimed at putting rhino poachers in jail.

In an interview Friday, Michael Knight, head of park planning and development for South Africa's national parks department, said money raised by the U.S.-based International Rhino Federation would be used to support efforts like teaching park employees how to safeguard evidence at crime scenes.

Knight says: "We're losing animals like crazy. But the prosecutions are falling way behind."

The Florida-based federation launched fundraising this week.

More South African rhinos were poached in the first 10 months of 2011 than in all of 2010, which was a record poaching year.