Poisoned horns to curb poaching

Mpumalanga, June 10 - Conservationists from the Rhino Rescue Project have taken desperate measures against poaching - by poisoning the horns of rhinos at Sabi Sands game reserve. The poison should render the horn useless for medicinal purposes. Video: eNCA

Mpumalanga - Game reserves in Mpumalanga are battling to keep their rhino alive and conservationists are now resorting to putting poison in horns in a desperate attempt to keep poachers away.

The animals are tranquilised and a specialised veterinary team drills into the horn before injecting a pink poison that is said to render them useless in the black market.

Lorinda Hearn, of Rhino Rescue Project said, "The fact that we have to resort to measures like this is a testament to how dire the poaching situation is in the country."

Rhino horns can fetch nearly R10 million in parts of Asia.

Conservationists say the legalisation of rhino horn may be the only option.

Environmentalists predict if poaching continues at its current pace, South Africa's rhino population could soon become extinct. 


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