Rhino poaching is at a crisis point. And, conservationists are taking drastic measures to try and save them.
Wildlife warriors with Rhino Revolution are leading the effort to save rhinos by de-horning them — a tragedy in itself but the method serves as a deterrent that will help buy time for the wildlife rescue workers to act. The animals are sedated for the procedure, marked, then released. Read the Rhino Revolution's 7-Point Plan of action >>
1,004 rhinos were murdered last year for their horns — and, that number only accounts for the killings uncovered by conservationists. 668 rhino were murdered in 2012 — compared to 10 years ago, in 2003, which saw 22 rhinos killed.
In this video by Shannon Wild of AnimalBytesTV, watch Rhino Revolution rescuers work to de-horn and save these beautiful creatures:
Coming up this month in a documentary on Animal Planet, former NBA superstar and wildlife advocate Yao Ming travels to Africa to investigate the poaching crisis threatening both elephants and rhinos.
Teamed up with the organization WildAid, Yao's previous efforts to campaign against shark fin demand changed traditional hearts and minds in China, resulting in a drop in sales by 50-70% of the food delicacy. WildAid, Yao and Animal Planet are all hoping to see a similar impact against poaching of elephants and rhinos ... before, it's too late.
Tune in to the program, SAVING AFRICA'S GIANTS WITH YAO MING on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10/9c. And visit IvoryFree.org to SIGN THE PLEDGE TO BE IVORY FREE!