The Rhino War
The Fight to Save a Species from Extinction
Rhino poaching has reached a pandemic and touches every part of the world where the five remaining species exist. It is a war pitting conservationists and ordinary citizens against well-armed and financed syndicates on par with drug cartels. At the center of the war are rhino horns that are believed by many Asians to have medicinal properties, which has been disproven scientifically. Rhino horn consists of the same material as human fingernails and toenails. Yet even with this knowledge, there is a higher demand for rhino horn than at time in modern history because its value is greater than a kilo of cocaine and gold combined — $70,000 per kilogram.
International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) was founded by Damien Mander in 2009 to help meet the threat of rhino poaching head on. IAPF trains its rangers in military style tactics that are used to deter and catch poachers who try to kill rhinos for their horns. With camps in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, rangers patrol 24/7 in private game reserves to insure rhinos will be safe from poachers.