One often reads of the “rhino wars”—a reference to two particular events in recent 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, while the second refers to the current onslaught of poaching primarily driven by beliefs amongst wealthy Vietnamese that rhino horn not only cures cancer and hangovers, but also bestows great status on those rich enough to own horn, or even more so, to gift it.

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