By Alex Crawford
The number of rhinos killed in South Africa looks set to exceed last year's record total.
With just three months left in 2013, the number of rhinos killed is more than 500 and appears almost certain to top 2012's death toll of 668.
The South African Government has already sent in the military to the country's flagship game reserve, the Kruger National Park, to help in the fight against poaching.
There is also a plethora of independently-funded efforts to save the animal which faces extinction for the second time in a century.
One man doing his fair share is veterinarian Dr William Fowlds who is the founder of Rhino Lifeline and managed to persuade the South African bank Investec to help financially support his efforts.
The Investec cash has helped pay for helicopters and medical supplies so Dr Fowlds can track rhinos from the air, fire tranquilisers into them, then drill tiny holes in their horns into which chips are inserted so the rangers can keep track of them.
DNA is also taken and stored on the national database in Pretoria.
Dr Fowlds was the first vet on the scene when three rhinos were attacked by poachers 18 months ago on the Kariega Game Reserve. One was so badly mutilated, he died hours later. More....