The term “rhino wars” generally refers to two particular events in recent African conservation history that have threatened the very existence of the remaining rhinos on earth.

The first started in the 1970s with a sudden upsurge in demand for rhino horn used to fashion the handles of the traditional curved daggers, or jambiya, worn by Yemeni men. By the mid-1990s, this demand had been curbed.

The focus of the second war has been on South Africa’s White Rhinos, particularly those in the Kruger National Park, which have been decimated as a result.


Photo credit: Shannon Wild
Updated date: September 26, 2019