JOHANNESBURG (November 20, 2012)--Police in South Africa say they've arrested three men including a game ranger suspected of shooting seven rhinoceros to death and then dehorning them.
Capt. Paul Ramaloko of the South African Police Service said Tuesday the men were on suspicion of killing the rhinos in the country's Northwest province.
He said the accused would appear in a magistrate court Thursday.
The rhinos were killed this weekend at a game farm near Rustenburg, a city about 60 miles northwest of Johannesburg.
With these killings, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs said 570 rhinos had been hunted illegally and killed this year alone.
South Africa is home to some 20,000 rhinos.
Growing Asian demand for rhino horn is believed to be behind the spike in poaching.