“Protect RAPID” puts the power to stop poaching directly in the hands—and horns—of the very rhinos they’re trying to protect.
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Rhinoceroses are one of our planet’s most majestic, and endangered, species. Since 2009, the rate of rhino poaching has increased an astonishing nine thousand percent in South Africa alone, with much of the profits from, and impetus for, the killings coming from the high black market demand for the animal’s horn. But thanks to a new innovation designed to stem the tide of rhinoceros deaths, those very horns which have drawn poachers to rhinos in the first place may ultimately be what ends up putting the worst poaching offenders behind bars for good.