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.