Poachers have killed 1,020 rhinos in South Africa this year, the government says - a record number which conservationists say highlights the faltering drive to save the animal.
The number of deaths every year has been rising in South Africa, which has the world's largest rhino population.
The rise is blamed on the soaring price of rhino horn in China and Vietnam.
Activists warn that rhino deaths will soon overtake births, pushing the endangered species towards extinction.
If the killing continues at the current rate, deaths could exceed births in the next four years, they say.
More than half the deaths recorded in South Africa this year have been in Kruger National Park, which covers an area of about 20,000 sq km (7,500 sq miles).
Last year, South Africa reported that poachers had killed 1,004 rhinos - then a record total.