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.

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