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South Africa Fights Bloody War Against Poachers

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(NECN/CNN) - South Africa is fighting a bloody war against poachers. Hundreds of rhinos are killed every years, supplying a medicinal demand that many scientists say is based on myth.

However, conservationists on the ground are now fighting back -- thanks to satellites in the skies. Tracking devices are being inserted deep into immobilized rhinos' horns.

The rhino is one of Africa's most endangered animals. An alarm will then be sent from the sensor embedded in the horn via an SMS to a central control room. Each tagged rhino can be monitored, securely, via the Internet, says Stephen Britz, whose company pioneered the technology.

Robyn Curnow reports.

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