Vietnam joins the fight against rhino poaching

Rhino horn nabbed

This handout photograph provided by the Freeland Foundation shows Thai customs officers looking at alleged smuggled rhino horn displayed on a table, during a press conference at the International Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on January 7, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - A Vietnamese delegation has vowed to continue the fight against rhino poaching after a visit to South Africa.

After a week-long fact-finding mission in the Kruger National Park, government officials have acknowledged their country’s role in driving the demand for rhino horn.

With more than 630 rhino killed in South Africa already this year, they face an uphill battle to stem the tide.

Officials believe education may be the only way to save the 35-million year-old species and will attempt to debunk the belief that rhino horn offers medicinal benefits.

"We need to spread the knowledge we have,” said Thi Phuong Thao of Education for Nature Vietnam.

But not all South Africans have welcomed the foreign visitors.

The Rhinose Foundation’s Facebook page has become the target of insults.

While there has been some negative comments online, for the most part South Africans have supported the Vietnamese delegation’s trip by buying red horns for their cars.