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Walking with Rhinos

Posted by Richard Conniff on March 15, 2011

I arrived this morning in South Africa, where the newspapers are reporting that 71 rhinos–and nine poachers–have been killed this year here.  That’s on track with last year’s very bad total of 333 rhinos killed in South Africa, all for the mythical medicinal powers of the rhino’s horn.  I’ll be traveling around this week learning what wildlife authorities are trying to do about it.

One Response to “Walking with Rhinos”

  1. As far as I know, it’s been decades since the rhino horn was valued for its mythical medical powers. Nowadays, the main buyers are wealthy Yemenis – it is used for traditional dagger hilts, a status symbol.

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