The Rhinoceros Is Being Poached To Extinction

A Real-Time Tragedy Of Human Greed, Organized Crime, and Slaughter

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This is a Southern White Rhino with her calf in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Protected at all times by armed guards, these rhinos are part of an active breeding program to recolonize other parts of Kenya with rhinos and beyond. Photo © Ronan Donovan.

Here’s the Thermospheric view of what’s going on:

The Heart Of The Issue:

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Rhino skulls recovered from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa. Photo by Save The Rhino International.

“The [rhinoceros] horn is composed primarily of a protein called keratin — the same substance that makes up human hair and nails….Studies by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Hoffmann-La Roche and the Zoological Society of London dispelled claims that rhino keratin bears any effect on the human body, and using the horns for medicinal purposes has been illegal since 1993.” (Jill Ennis. Sciencing.com)

The Key Players:

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TacTrac anti-poaching ranger unit. TacTrac Anti-Poaching Academy focuses on training, equipping and launching effective anti-poaching units into the field.
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Anti-poaching rangers taking part in live-fire drills run by 51 Degrees Ltd, a Kenyan company that specializes in rhino security and training, in Borana Conservancy, Kenya. Photo by Save The Rhino International.

The cold, hard truth:

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White rhino mother and calf. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. Photo by Scotch Macaskill.

The dire question:

Is there still hope for the rhinoceros?

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White rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Photo taken in 2003 by ex Save the Rhino staff member Renaud Fulconis.

What has to happen to change the international trade law?

In A Perfect World

What can you do to help?

Educate & Share

The Takeaway:

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Photo by Steve & Ann Toon.

References:

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© Douglas Balmain. 2019.

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