06 Aug '11, 5am

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

Powerful, ruggedly-skinned, and armed with fearsome-looking horns, rhinos look anything but fragile and vulnerable. But the mighty rhinoceros is again facing a very bleak future, at the hands of increasingly-organized poaching gangs. They have ramped up their rhino-killing rampage in the last few years, as horn prices have soared. Booming demand for rhino horn in Asia, stoked up by false claims of its medicinal benefits, have made the rhino's horn worth its weight in gold - fueling a ferocious assault on these symbols of the savanna. But the rhino, and those who love these mighty pachyderms, are fighting back. South Africa is taking a tough stance on the rhino-poaching gangs, meeting with some success. And World Rhino Day 2011 , taking place on the 22nd of September, hopes to drive home the message - horns are for rhinos, not for fake medicines. This will be the second out...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/world-rhino-day-20...

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