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Room for Improvement: Using DNA Analysis to Address Rhino Horn Trafficking

Law enforcement officials from around the world have seized illegal supplies of rhino horn at least once a week on average for the past 10 years. The type of seizure ranges widely. It could be a pair of fresh horns confiscated from poachers who just gunned down a rhino inside a national park. Or possibly […]

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Kruger National Park Rhino Population Crash Underscores Continued Poaching Threat Facing World’s Rhinos

Kruger National Park in South Africa is considered the stronghold for Africa’s white rhinos. The park, located in the northeast corner of the country on the border with Mozambique, is home to the largest free-roaming white rhino population in all of Africa, and also supports a smaller population of Critically Endangered black rhino. However, newly […]

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World Rhino Day 2020: No Time for Complacency

By Taylor Tench, Policy Analyst Today marks the 10 years since the first World Rhino Day celebration on September 22, 2010. A lot has happened in the last decade. Back in 2010, conservationists were growing alarmed at what was then a new spike in rhino poaching. A total of 426 rhinos were reportedly poached in […]

Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD
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Record-breaking Bust Exposes International Trafficking Risk Posed by South Africa’s Domestic Rhino Horn Market

By Taylor Tench, EIA Policy Analyst On April 14th, 2019, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – often referred to as the “Hawks” – arrested two suspects in possession of 167 rhino horns after stopping and searching a vehicle in North West province. According to the Hawks, the massive haul of rhino horns was […]