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(ENDANGERED SPECIES) With more than 500 rhinos poached this year alone, conservationists are growing increasingly concerned after the Czech Republic recently seized 24 illegal white rhino horns. Authorities arrested 16 alleged smugglers with horns valued at nearly $5 million in what's being referred to as the largest illegal animal smuggling bust in Europe. Read on to learn more about the case and see what measures environmentalists are taking to deter poaching. — Global Animal
Rhino "cures" — Something as expensive as gold, like the horn of a rhinoceros used for Traditional Chinese Medicine, might seem valuable, but it has no medicinal properties. The belief that rhino horns are a great cure, however, is largely responsible for illegal rhino poaching, which results in a reduction in the rhinoceros population by 90% in the last 40 years.
Read on to learn why the horn will not cure your ailments, and the superstition is an atrocity.
(WILDLIFE NEWS) SOUTH AFRICA — Millions of dollars worth of poached rhinoceros horns are ending up in Vietnam, and they are not used for decoration. Many Asian cultures believe these horns have medicinal properties, from supplying super vitamins to curing cancer. Although no doctor has been able to prove these qualities, people still pay top dollar. This business has brought the price of rhino horns up as high as $133 per gram—more expensive than gold or cocaine. Murdering rhinos for a part of their body is atrocious, but it is even more appalling because the horns can be removed without killing the animal, and they will even grow back. Rangers think farming rhinos could work as a temporary solution to illegal poaching, where rhinos would be raised for their horns much like sheep are raised for their wool. In an environment where the war on poaching seems as futile as the war on drugs, this might be the rhinos' only chance. Read this account from National Geographic to learn about rhinoceros poaching from both the perspective of the rangers and the poachers. — Global Animal
(WILDLIFE) AFRICA — A transnational operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting wildlife crime across southern Africa has resulted in the location and closure of an illegal ivory factory, the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of ivory and rhino horn with a market value of more than one million dollars, as well as the arrest of 41 people. — Global Animal
(RHINO) Elle Macpherson says powdered rhino horn "works for her," then says she never knew she was using it. — Global Animal
(ENDANGERED SPECIES/POACHING) The Australian Rhino Project is in talks with Taronga Zoo in South Africa to relocate dozens of rhinos to Australia. This move is aimed at creating an "insurance population" for the species, who are being hunted to extinction. Earlier this year, South Africa’s environment ministry announced more than 1,000 rhinos were killed by poachers in Kruger National Park in 2013; a rate that could wipe out the entire South African rhino population within the next 20 years. Read on to learn more about this latest attempt to help save the rhino. — Global Animal