Rhinos might not be able to protect themselves, but conservationists are determined to save them
To combat the poaching crisis, conservation efforts across Africa and Asia have stepped up in recent years. Organisations are working to educate people about the damage caused by buying rhino horn and training rangers to protect the animals. Specialist dog units sniff out smuggled horns, deter poachers and track down any criminals bold enough to try and hunt the rhinos.
To stop them being targeted, many rhinos have had their horns injected with dye and poison or carefully removed. All this work looks like it could be paying off. South Africa, the country with the highest levels of poaching, has seen a drop in rhinos killed illegally over the last three years. While this is very welcome news, these majestic beasts still have a long fight ahead of them.
With the threat to rhinos as strong as ever, highly trained armed guards are now required to protect them