Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rhino crisis!

© 2013 Agneta Juodenaite. Licensed under CC-BY.

A massive explosion in poaching in South Africa is causing a crisis in the world's largest population of Rhinos. In the last decade the number of Rhinos poached yearly has gone from around 10-15 to over 1,200.

New techniques for reducing the demand for Rhino horn. Making it easier to detect and mildly harmful if ingested.

South Africa is beefing up it's investigative teams. Using DNA testing to link poachers back to specific poached rhinos.

"I like using animals because they help suspend my reader's disbelief. We have certain ideas about dentists. We don't have many ideas about rhinoceros dentists." - Yann Martel

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