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• BLACK RHINO
“The population of the black rhino declined by 90% over the last six decades, thanks chiefly to poaching. But since the mid 1990s when fewer than 3,000 of the African rhino existed the population has increased steadily, and now there are over 4,000.”
—TIME MAGAZINE; 10 Animals Facing Extinction
◊ In South Africa poachers have been killing the rhinos for their horns. Mostly for aphrodisiac medicine sold in Asia.
◊ What’s driving this is that the price for rhino horn in Asia is that around 2007 there was a rumor that a high-ranking Vietnamese official cured his cancer using rhino horn.
◊ The very next year poaching went up out of the roof and it’s continued ever since. In South Africa, where 80% of the world’s rhinos live, from 2007 to the present 2011 rhino poaching increased 3,346%.
Salvador Dalí and Rhinoceros by Philippe Halsman
• Peter Gwin, a staff writer for National Geographic. His article “Rhino Wars” NPR
• TIME MAGAZINE; 10 Animals Facing Extinction
• Save The Rhino