Last year, poachers killed a total of 1,004 rhinos in South Africa for their horns - a record high and double the number killed in 2011. That record has already been shattered and the year isn't even over. Since January 1, a total of 1,020 rhinos have been poached in the country, according to a statement released Thursday by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs.
Driven by demand for their horns for use in traditional medicine, mainly in Asia, rhinos have been the target of increased poaching pressure in the past decade. The organization Save The Rhino created this graph to show the stark uptick in poaching: