Lying lifeless on the bleached grass of a South African game reserve is the latest rhino to fall victim to poachers in their ruthless pursuit of the creatures' valuable horns.
This grisly photographs reflect the damage wrought by increasing numbers of poachers eager to exploit demand for rhino horn - which now has a street value higher than gold in some countries.
The rhino, which was shot at the Nwanetsi picnic site on the famous game reserve, is the 203rd to be poached in South Africa this year alone.
A total of 60 poachers have been arrested in South Africa in 2013 - 36 of those in Kruger National Park.
South Africa, which is home to an estimated 21,000 rhinos, saw more than 660 of the creatures slaughtered by poachers for their horns last year - an all-time high.
The illegal trade in rhino horn - used for centuries in Chinese medicine - is being fuelled by demand in the Far East, where it now fetches more on the black market than its equivalent weight in gold.
The problem is not confined to Africa; there have also been cases of wild rhinoceros horns being stolen from European museums, galleries and auction houses.
The boom in the trade has prompted scientists at the Scottish Government's Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) to begin collating a rhino DNA database to help snare poachers.
SASA scientists have announced they are to send out sampling kits to museums and zoos across the UK to collect rhino DNA.
The samples will be analysed to create a DNA database, which will help trace the origin of any stolen rhino horn intercepted by the police or customs.
It was discovered that even DNA from 100-year-old horns from museums can be used in the database after the National Museum of Scotland took part in a pilot study with SASA.
The aim of the project is to protect exhibits and also rhinos in zoos from criminal gangs who steal and sell rhino horn for thousands of pounds on the black market. More....