Rhino poaching has been spoken about a lot via social media websites.
One rhino news story being about The Rhino Rescue Project, as they have been “devaluing horns” for the last four years by dying them or drugging them with anti-parasite drugs – both being none visible and harmless to the rhinos. Although, the people using the horns for Asian medicines may not get off so lightly.
The Rhino Rescue do all they can to protect these beautiful creatures, as they work on behalf of game reserves and wildlife parks – protecting the rhinos from the poachers.
Rhinos are very expensive creatures, costing owners a large $20,000 because of wildlife tourism popularity. But, on the Asian black market, one singular rhino horn sells for ten times as much, which is why rhinos are becoming more and more extinct, as they’re targeted by the poachers, because of financial reasons.
Javan and Sumatran rhinos are sadly, very, nearly endangered. There are fewer than 100 rhinos in both species left in the wild, although local conservation projects are trying their hardest to breed these beautiful creatures to prevent extinction from occurring.
Javan rhinos are the most extinct rhinos. They have a single horn, which is 10 inches long. Not only are they becoming extinct because of poaching, but also diseases which have been spreading to wild cattle.
“We have brought white, black and Indian rhinos back from the brink of extinction so we know how to save rhino species. Now it’s time to pull together as a global conservation community to do the same for the Javan rhino.” – Dr. Barney Long – Asian Species Expert.
This is why the Rhino Rescue Project has come up with this “devaluing horns” initiative.
If poachers get hold of these spiked horns, they may find themselves suffering with severe headaches, diarrhea and sickness – which may lead to having effects on the nervous system.
The best part about this initiative is that poachers won’t want to poach rhinos anymore, because of the risk factor – it’s to put doubt in horn buyers and poachers mind.
Hopefully soon poachers will stop, and the rhinos can be left alone, healthy and happy – although this project has been highly criticized by government organizations, because of the affect it has on us humans.
Another initiative to protect rhinos, but a more bizarre one, is by turning their dung into paper.
Rhinos dung adds fibre to paper and there’s nothing more that the economy likes than economic dependence.
In a little factory in India, rhino dung is what they’re working with, and the 72-year-old-man named Mahesh Bora, who owns this company, insists that this initiative will save rhinos from becoming extinct.
Afghanistan veteran, Kinessa Johnson, has also found a new way to prevent rhino poaching, as she hunts the poachers.
Her intention isn’t to harm anyone, although she thinks that it will prevent people doing it knowing that they could be harmed if caught doing so in South Africa.
Her initiative has been criticized by some but ‘bravoed’ by many via social media sites.
She hunts the poachers in South Africa using weapons. Ricky Gervais is one of many fans, as he recently tweeted “Follow @VETPAW Army Veterans who protect African Wildlife from poachers.”