Endangered Animals: Risking the Rhino for a Horn?

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Image of Sudan the rhino. His species is critically endangered as he is the last male alive.

Image of a rhino with the quote from Rachel Carson, "No one in the world needs a rhino horn, but a rhino." The rhinoceros has thrived for 20 million years and is now being driven to extinction by human greed. Every day 2 rhinos are killed in order to cut off their horn and sell it on the black market. Some cultures in Asia believe that the rhinoceros horn has magical medical or healing powers. People are told that it can cure cancer and other illnesses. This is definitively not true. It’s just a horn, primarily made up of keratin, the same substance in your fingernails.

Infographic about Endangered Rhinos' being on the verge of Extinction

Rhinos are going extinct because of poaching

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Black Market Horn > more expensive than gold

The killers (poachers) are serious about getting the rhino horns. These poachers are part of an organized crime syndicate and they will use AK-47s, night vision goggles and helicopters to track their dwindling prey. They shoot poisoned darts and wait for the rhino to fall and then they hack off the horn and leave the rhino to die. The horn then changes hands many times, increasing in value as it is transported to markets in Asia where it is ground into powders or carved for ornamental items. At this point, the horn is worth more per ounce than gold.


Learn more about the danger of extinction for the rhino

Infographic explaining that many of the last rhinos survive within the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Many of the last rhinos survive within the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Many of the last rhinos survive within the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Many of the last rhinos survive within the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

How the Rhino is Being Helped

Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest black markets for illegally poached (killed for their horn) and trafficked rhino horn. China also participates in the black market for rhino horn products. Organizations working to save the rhino focus on these five components:

  • Awareness-help people understand the crisis of the endangered rhino. There are many resources on the web to learn more about the rhino crisis including this site.
  • Curb the demand for rhino horn products- This primarily is focused on changing the culture in Vietnam where rhino horn products are in higher demand than ever before. The short documentary Save the Rhino Vietnam is aimed at educating people about the illicit rhino horn trade, its devastating impact on the shared natural heritage and what can be done to change the outcome for the rhino. Here’s the link to the video: https://youtu.be/6zzUZvy52LQ.
  • Work on the ground: Protecting the remaining rhinos is a priority. There is new technology that allows rhinos to be tracked via GPS which needs to be made more available to the organizations working on the ground. Those working on the ground; the guards, park rangers and volunteers need more training to protect themselves and the rhinos.
  • Improve the laws: Laws need to be strengthened in the countries where the rhinos live, where the product travels through and where the final rhino horn products are consumed.
  • Finally, Policy work: International Organizations need to commit more resources to the fight to save the rhino and need to help build relationships between the countries where the rhino habitat is and the countries where the rhino horn products are in demand.

Rhino deaths were on the decline, now they are increasing.

Three rhinos a day have been killed in 2016, just for their horn.

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NEW UPDATE: Watch this short docuvideo about how the Rhinos are being protected by a group of African Women Warriors called the Black Mambas.

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