Rhino poaching

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Research Report:
Rhino poaching:
1. Introduction to Rhinos:
Rhinos are unique animals. There are 6 different rhino species (The White, Black, The greater one horned, Sumatran and the Javan Rhinos) around the world South Africa is home to two the Black and White Rhinos. Rhinos are more closely related to horses as opposed to elephants. They are massive, hoof creatures with extremely thick skin, bulky, strong bodies and at least one horn that extend from their noses. They are timid herbivores who have poor eyesight; they therefore rely on their senses of hearing and smell. Rhinos are close to extinction if we do not save and help them they might become extinct as Rhinos only give birth once every 2 – 4 years. We are killing Rhinos faster
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With money we can support more programmes and not just save the populations but develop populations and increase the numbers of rhinos.
6. Law and Order:
Conservationists are obviously trying to prevent poaching from occurring, whether they do this by mounting intensive anti-poaching patrols which maintains high visibility or by fencing sanctuaries, or even by relying on locals to pass on their intelligence. However as much as we can patrol these locations. Areas were normal law and order has broken down has become much easier for poachers to kill rhinos and other endangered species. This therefore results in loss of Rhinos due to countries in conflict not taking control of the Rhino situation due to other issues.
7. Jambiya handles:
Rhino horns are also used for Jambiya handles but this is not very common now days. Back in the 1970s and 80s, horns from rhinos that were killed in East Africa mostly end up in the Yemen. Here it was made into ornamental handles for daggers (jambiyas). Although they can be made from precious metals, buffalo or plastic and they could be decorated by gemstones the Rhino horns are regarded as the Porsche version.

8. Income:
Due to the scarcity of rhino horns the price has increased, and this pressurises the decline of the rhino populations. For people whose annual income is often rather low, the opportunity to change one’s life by killing a large, and seemingly “useless” animal must be
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