On January 10th, South African authorities were able intercept 256 lbs. of illegal rhino horns. The haul of 36 horns and their fragments were found tightly packed inside boxes alongside everyday items such as decorations and doormats. The eight boxes were prepared to be shipped to Dubai for unknown reasons, but custom officials at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg said that Lizzy, a detector dog, was able to sniff out the haul. It’s worth is estimated to be $1.3 million, one of the biggest seized items in the country’s recent history. Despite activists’ continuous efforts to prevent poaching, between 2007 and 2014, rhino poaching rose by about 9,000% in South Africa; more than 1,000 rhinos are still killed in South Africa every year.

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