The life and death of today's rhino revolves around its horn. Being hunted to the brink of extinction for their horns, conservationists and scientists are trying to find ways to use the horn to save them.
Rhino Horn Facts
1. It is made of compressed keratin, much like horse hooves, cockatoo bills, fingernails, etc.
2. Rhino horns grow throughout their lifetime, at a rate of one to three inches per year.
3. Baby rhinos are born without horns.
4. There is no scientific evidence to support rhino horn being effective in curing medical ailments.
An obvious and tried solution to the poaching crisis has been to de-horn rhinos. The thought being if there is no horn, there is no reason to harm the rhino.
This has produced mixed results. While some reserves have seen success, for others rhinos were still poached after the de-horning.