The Rhino Rescue Project is an organization focused on devaluing horns in order to make poachers afraid to consume the contaminated horn. Poachers kill rhinos similarly to elephants, only for their horns. After many efforts put forth for rhinos, devaluing horns has been found to be the most productive method in order to safely help the rhinos.
Since 2008, South African rhino poaching has increased by nearly 1,464%. This has led to near extinction in rhinos. In order to devalue the horns, the project team infuses the horns with a legal compound made from an inedible dye and ectoparasiticides. Ectoparasiticides are antiparasitic drugs, so it is not harmful to the rhinos.
Injecting this makes it useless for poachers to harm the rhinos. The team takes a DNA sample of the rhinos and insert identification chips into each animal. The infusion circulates through the rhino’s horns thoroughly over the course of ten days. Rhino horns are made of a tubular structure, so they absorb the infusion well.
After the infusion is implanted it will remain effective for the next three to four years. This is because that is the time length of a full horn growth cycle. All ingredients used are biodegradable, so it will not harm the earth once the cycle is over.
There are now less than 5,042 rhinos left in Africa, making them near extinction. If nothing is done to help prevent the extinction of rhinos, they could become extinct in the next twenty years. Most rhinos that are infused are the rhinos owned on a private property, this is also due to the fact that it is somewhat uncommon to find rhinos in the wild, due to poachers.
While rhinos are endangered in South Africa, all five species are endangered as well. Specifically, in Africa there are two species of rhinos; the black rhino and the white rhino.
Individually, you can help by making donations to rhinorescueproject.org, even the smallest amount can lead to the prevention of extinction within these animals.
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