Ironically, two great mammals with evolutionary lineages stretching back some 55 million years or so face challenges to their survival for the very characteristics that have served them so well—tusks in the case of elephants and horns in that of rhinos. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have held a fascination for these massive protuberances. They have symbolized wealth and power, and our insatiable need to possess them has led to the wanton killing of these magnificent creatures in numbers that boggle the imagination.

Photo credit: Ross Couper
Updated date: September 11, 2022