In South Africa, conservationists are using a unique procedure to protect rhinos from poachers.
The Rhino Rescue Project is tracking down at-risk rhinos and injecting their horns with dye and toxins. The dye makes the rhinos’ horns turn red, making them unattractive to collectors, and the toxins render the horns toxic to humans.
It’s an unusual procedure, but it might be the next big thing in the fight against African rhino poachers.
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Lorinda Hern, co-founder of The Rhino Rescue Project, said the procedure has been used on more than 200 rhinos.
“I refuse to sit back and have to explain myself to the next generation, when they ask me, ‘Well what were you doing when rhinos went extinct?’” said Hern.
The dye technique is also being employed in other reserves throughout Africa. Rhino advocates are hopeful the procedure will protect future rhino populations.
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