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Dye And Toxins Injected In Rhino Horn Ward Off Poachers In Africa

COMM: In South Africa, a drugged rhino, stumbles to the ground, but this drastic looking procedure,
injecting a dye to render the horn unattractive to the collectors and poisonous to humans
is the latest idea to save these animals from a horrific death at the hands of poachers. 00:21
LORINDA: I don’t think you can explain to someone that’s never seen it in real life
that the sheer devastation of coming across that carcass of an animal, half of her face
is gone. 00:36
COMM: The Rhino Rescue Project was started by Lorinda Hern and vet, Dr. Charles van Niekerk
at the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve to combat the huge increase in rhino poaching. 00:47
COMM: The idea came about well what if we could contaminate these horns in some way
so that poachers wouldn’t benefit from poaching the animal because they couldn’t sell the
horn on, and that’s how the initial research started. 01:01
COMM: They tracked the rhinos by helicopter, sedating them with tranquilliser darts. 01:22
COMM: As well as checking the animal’s health, and taking some DNA samples, their main aim
is to inject the animal’s horn with a dye designed to render it unattractive to poachers. 01:31
LORINDA: So he drills all the way into the core, and then we attach these probes, in
which the infusion device is them attached. 01:42
COMM: Collectors won’t want the dyed horn, and it’s toxic to humans, making it unusable
for medicine. 01:51
LORINDA: I refuse to sit back and have to explain myself to the next generation, when
they ask me well what were you doing while rhinos went extinct? And to have to say, nothing.
I thought someone else was taking care of it. Lots of people say to us, y’know what
you’re doing is just a drop in the ocean, but I must believe that for the 200 plus animals
we’ve treated thus far, we are making a difference. 02:16
COMM: And with this technique already being tried ion other reserves, eventually the difference
could be felt across the whole country.

75 thoughts on “Dye And Toxins Injected In Rhino Horn Ward Off Poachers In Africa

  1. It doesn't make too much sense to me. How do the poachers know if the animal has been injected with the poison. They will still kill them, and just realize later that they cannot use the horns. There has to be another solution

  2. Shouldn't they also paint the rhinos horn Red? Because it looks like a poacher won't realize it's been dyed until they'd get up close

  3. If this helps prevent poaching or better yet stops the poaching then by all means please continue.  I am for anything that stops the senseless killing of Rhino's and Elephants for their horn's and tusk's.  Thank you for sharing!

  4. You know what would really help? If stupid ppl stopped buying ivory and stupid fake medicine and stuff. If the demand dies, the poachers will stop, I say bomb all the ivory shops in the world. Hire snipers to take down poachers….fuck me this is crazy!

  5. they should allow a legal, non-lethal harvest of the horns for these medicine markets, the money would eventually make it's way back to the parks to fund the rehab of the species, and allowing such a harvest would encourage the hunters to maintain the populations so they'd have a future in the business and make more money…..capitalism would save the species, allow the harvest and the harvesters would protect the species and likely fund breeding programs……probably want to start farms these farms would stop the wild harvest of the rhinos…….

  6. i think this is a good way to stop poachers.  how do the poachers know the rino horn has been drilled?  was there any left on the horn?

  7. So the horns turn red? I guess I missed something. They'd have to visibly be unattractive but they look the same. Is the word getting out that their horns now contain toxins?

  8. No one ever worries about cows going extinct… If there is a demand there will always be someone willing to supply. Let people raise and breed rhinos in captivity and sell them if you don't want to see them go extinct!

  9. Why not breed these animals & safely remove parts of their horns for the market thus satiating this ridicules need & simultaneously educate the public by debunking the medicinal efficacy of rhino horn. It seems counter intuitive but as long as a market exists won't they continue to poach these beautiful animals? Great effort nonetheless. 

  10. win!
    im so happy these rhinos might catch a break. ive seen those images of how they are left without half their face and still alive and now seeing this almost brings tears to my eyes. but happy tears.

  11. Might not be the best solution, but this is a great step towards eliminating poaching. They need to do this with Elephants too

  12. The only way to protect from poachers is to eradicate poverty. The only way to eradicate poverty is to empower women. The only way to empower women is to give them control of their fertility. The only way to give control of fertility is education, and removing the poison of religion.

    Rhinos are magnificent.

  13. Does the dye show on the outside of the rhinos horn, how will the poachers know not to kill it?

  14. Do these same non profits also give the locals a means to live and teach them proper trade to avoid future poaching? 🎻🐓🐦👾

  15. From this video, it didn't seem overly obvious that the horn was dyed red when the rhino stood up. Makes me wonder if poachers will be able to tell if the horn is dyed or not from a distance. I'm gonna assume poachers shoot rhinos first and ask questions later.

  16. great idea, but if its poisonous to humans that can't be "ok" for the rhinos right? or does it not go into their blood system at all?

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  18. Excellent idea as otherwise they'll kill all the Rhinos. The last 10 Vietnamese Javan rhinos were shot by 2010, making the species extinct on Mainland Asia. Extinction which the Vietnamese government could have stopped but turned a blind eye.

  19. I'm glad you're doing something to save them from them sons of beaches the kill those rhinos for their horns 🙂

  20. Wouldn't it be better to make it more obvious for poachers to safely remove the horn, than dye it? In the dark the dye might not be seen … the efforts to place the dye in could be in vain…

  21. What scares me is that poachers will direct their efforts to elephants. With no rhino horns to sell, this will drive up the price of tusks and then create a more devastating loss of elephants.

  22. Im trying to find information on this working and so far nothing. The dye can be removed and the toxin neutralized. Since rhino horns are not porous, the dye actually does nothing. This may sound like a good idea but I think this is also just a big red flag.

  23. The problem here is: Why do you dye the horn? This way no one will get sick by consuming the horn and the demand chain won´t be affected. Moreover eperience shows that poachers also shoot Rhinos which have a horn that is not usable anymore. This way they don´t follow the track of the Rhino again. Thus add the toxic but stop dying the hron.

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