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Endangered Rhino Poaching

Top 10 Endangered Species News: Endangered Rhino Poaching

Conservationists were once hopeful the invention of Viagra would end rhino poaching. But demand for rhinoceros horn, used in Asian folk medicines, has taken an alarming upswing recently . . .

Endangered Rhino Poaching on a Ground
Endangered Rhino Poaching on Ground

Top 10 Endangered Species News

In, fact, says the international wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, the upswing in endangered rhinoceros poaching is not about aphrodisiacs at all. According to the group, it is a misconception that powdered rhino horn is sought for “natural male enhancement” in the Asian black market; rather, folk healers seek it for the more mundane purpose of curing fevers.

Unfortunately, the rhinoceros–every species of which belongs at the top of all international top ten endangered species lists–is being pushed ever closer to extinction regardless of the reason its horn is in demand.

Of the approximately 18,000 black and white rhinos remaining in Africa, 12 are killed by poachers each month in Zimbabwe and South Africa alone, up from about 3 per month between 2000 and 2005.

Meanwhile, according to TRAFFIC, the Indian rhinoceros is also being hit hard by poaching. The group reports that just since January, out of a total population of 2,400, 10 rhinos have been poached in India, and 7 in Nepal.

White Rhinoceros Next to a Baby
White Rhinoceros Next to a Baby

According to TRAFFIC, the problem of increased demand for illegal rhino horn is being compounded by inadequate or lax law enforcement and a lack of zeal for prosecuting poachers on the part of courts in the African nations to which rhinos are native.

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