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  Rhinos under new threat
Updated 14 August 2002, 15.43
Rhino in water (image: WWF-CANON/J Rey-Millet)
Asian rhinos are in real danger of dying out after poachers killed at least 86 of the animals in the last four years.

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The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) say this is a serious threat to their survival with only 2,900 Asian rhinos left in the whole world.

Fact File
Rhino facts
Skin is up to two cm thick
Horn is made from hair
Can run at nearly 30 mph
If broken, horn grows back
The species is 30 million years old

Poachers hunt them for their horns, which are used in many traditional Asian medicines.

The amount of poaching going on had dropped in many areas due to conservation schemes which created safe habitats in the 1960s and 1970s.

  Click here to get the lowdown on endangered animals

However, following this rise in poaching, the WWF warn we risk losing these creatures forever.

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