Fight­ing back

Rhi­nos might not be able to pro­tect them­selves, but con­ser­va­tion­ists are de­ter­mined to save them

World of Animals - - Inside Nature’s Tanks -

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

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