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One of the world's seven remaining northern white rhinos has died in Kenya, bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction, a wildlife conservancy said.
While there are thousands of southern white rhinos still roaming the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, decades of rampant poaching have drastically cut northern white rhino numbers.
Suni, a 34-year-old who was the first northern white rhino to be born in captivity, was found dead by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nairobi.
The conservancy said Suni was not poached, but the cause of his death was unclear. It added that he was one of the last two breeding males in the world as no northern white rhinos are believed to have survived in the wild.
"Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race," the conservancy said in a statement.
More than 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa last year, a 50 per cent increase on the previous year, according to official figures.
The South African Department of Environmental Affairs said 1,004 rhinos were poached in 2013 - compared to 668 killed for their horn in 2012.
South African officials also revealed that there was a rise in the number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013. Last year, 343 alleged poachers were arrested, up from 267 in 2012. There have been six arrests so far this year.
Conservation experts have warned that the rise in poaching, to meet demand for rhino horn in China and Vietnam in particular, brings South Africa's white rhino population closer to the "tipping point" where deaths will outnumber births and the population will go into serious decline.
Four rhinoceros heads with eight horns worth almost half a million pounds have been stolen from museum storage in Ireland.
Three masked men broke into a facility in Swords, north Dublin late last night and tied up a security man before committing the robbery.
The heads had been taken off public display more than a year ago and put into storage after a spate of similar thefts from museums and private collections in Europe.
"The horns have probably been taken to supply the illegal trade in powdered horn that is used in traditional medicines in the Far East," a spokesman for the museum said.
"The total amount stolen could have a street value in the region of 500,000 euro (£428,000)."
The attack on an elephant skeleton at the Paris Natural History Musuem is the latest in a series of thefts from people looking to cash in on the lucrative trade in ivory and rhino horn.
Rhino horn is worth £65,000 a kilo, which makes it more valuable than cocaine, heroin and gold.
In 2011 rare black rhino horn was stolen from Druzilla's Wild Life Park in Sussex.
In 2012 staff at the Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park in Birchington had to replace valuable rhino horns with fakes after they were hacked off the exhibits by the thieves.
Volunteers are currently helping to man 24 hour patrols of rhino enclosures at Port Lympne and Howletts Wildlife Parks after police received information that criminal gangs were hoping to poach the creatures.
A man is being questioned by police after he allegedly hacked the tusk off an historic elephant skeleton in the Natural History Museum in Paris.
The museum said that staff were initially alerted to the theft after they heard a chainsaw being used in one of the galleries early on Saturday morning.
Police arrested a man near the museum after he was spotted carrying the three-kilogram (seven-pound) tusk. A chainsaw was recovered from inside the gallery.
The popular skeleton was given to King Louis XIV of France in 1668 but the tusks were added at a later date.