Rhinos Before Horns

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This week the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the San Diego Zoo, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife burned one million dollars worth of confiscated rhinoceros horn products. Their aim was to send a clear message that the rhinoceros is more valuable than their horns.

Poaching of rhinoceros horns has increased in recent years as organized and armed groups quickly whittle away at global rhinoceros populations. Rhinoceros horn powder fetches a high price on the black market for medical purposes. In parts of southeast Asia the powder is believed to be a cure for cancer (it is not) even though their horns are made of keratin, the same as human fingernails. There are currently five species of rhinoceros found in Africa and Asia. All are listed as endangered.

Read the links below for more information on the event. The background behind the confiscation of some of the horn products is fascinating.

For More Information:

 USFWS: Rhino Horn Burn San Diego Zoo Frequently Asked Questions

San Diego Zoo: Ashes to Ashes Our Rhino Horn Burn

About The Illustration: Pen and ink

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