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10 Realistic Ways to Save the Rhino in South Africa

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It saddens one to think that the rhino is being hunted down for the value that its horn provides to dealers from Asian countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China, where they would use it in traditional medicines. Middle Eastern countries like Oman and Yemen use it to make all kinds of ornaments that include ceremonial daggers and other jewellery.

According to The Guardian, in August 2011 the value of the rhino horn increased by as much as £50,000 per kilo due to higher demand in Asian countries. It is absolutely criminal what all gets done to the rhino in order to get to its horn. Our heroes on the frontlines, who have thousands of kilometers to patrol, are doing all they can to safeguard our rhino from extinction. Unfortunately, they can only do so much and cannot be everywhere.

Currently, the value of the rhino horn is estimated to be close to one million US dollars. The high value placed on rhino horn makes it even harder for everyone involved to save the rhino from becoming extinct.

While 2012 has seen more arrests taking place than before, the rewards that the criminals receive for poaching rhino outweighs the poachers' fear of being thrown in jail. A lot still needs to be done to safeguard our rhino from becoming extinct. There are more ways than one to help save our rhino and preserve them for future generations. Let us take a look at some effective ways on what can be done to keep our rhinos alive.


According to recent polls, people came up with various ways to help eliminate rhino poaching. Let us take a brief look at some of the proposals made.

Proposed ways to save the rhino from extinction include the following:

Legalise international trade of the rhino horn

The theory is supported by the idea of farming rhinos and eventually harvesting their horns.

Safe rhino dehorning

It's been said that if done under controlled conditions, the rhino's horn could be safely removed without harming the animal. The only problem here is that it has a negative effect on the animal's behaviour and on the male rhino's ability to mate.

Harsher prison sentences

...and increased patrolling is another recommendation to serve as a deterrent to illegal poachers.

Educating people

Education around the world is another way to help dealers and poachers realise the futility in actually killing of the rhino for its horn. Then there is a need to make them realise that there is no real medicinal value that can be attached to the horn of the rhino.

Increased funding and donations

Donations from the public will help to conserve the rhino for future generations as stricter measures can be taken to help safeguard them. Even more exciting is the introduction of a treatment known as RhinoProtect where the rhino horn is made valueless to poachers as it gets injected with color dye and poison, whereby X-ray scanners will be able to detect the horn. More information on this process will be revealed later on.

Selling of horns from rhino who died of natural causes, or in cases where the horns broke off.

Apparently there are over 25 tons of rhino horn available in South Africa. This process needs to be legalised to get it into motion.

Bans on rhino horn sale

Bans being placed on using rhino horn within Asian countries like Taiwan, Korea, and Japan is certainly contributing as there is not such a high demand for horns like it used to be. Except for places like China, Thailand and Vietnam where the demand is still rising.

Local initiatives

Raising funds through holding concerts like the Stand up concert is a useful way to ensure the survival of our rhino as it helps a lot to keep their natural habitat going. Besides poaching, forest fragmentation can also contribute to their numbers decreasing. Local awareness maintains the issue deep close to us and allows the Rhino lobbies to keep pressure on the government to find political solutions.

Going Social

If millions of us, electors, tax payers, entrepreneurs, workers raise our voices against rhino poaching and place this dreadful issue in our first priorities we will make things change. There will be more and more initiatives, there will be more action to protect, save, prevent and finally secure the survival of our rhinos. Simply read, share, comment and be active around the rhino survival.

Rhino horn poisoning

Positive action needs to be taken to preserve our rhino for our grandchildren and their children. RhinoProtect is a project that was initiated by Damian Vergnaud, who is the owner of Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Safari Lodge. After much discussion and consideration it was decided that it is best to poison the rhino horn, making it unpalatable for human consumption, which is the main reason for poaching taking place.

The good thing about injecting color dye into the rhino horn, is that the 40 minute procedure poses no real threat to the health of the animals involved. As this procedure makes the actual horn worthless, it is a better way to ensure the survival of our rhino.




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