13 Feb '12, 5am

Rhino Dies During Demo of New Anti-Poaching Strategy

Rhino Dies During Demo of New Anti-Poaching Strategy

With 2012 already on track to be among the worst years for rhino poaching in Africa , conservationists have stepped-up their use of novel strategies to save the imperiled species -- but sadly, employing these new techniques may not be as safe a solution as many might have hoped. During an exhibition for the press, anti-poaching campaigners sedated a wild African rhino to insert a tracking device into the animal's horn as a means of protecting it from the wildlife-parts trade, though the demonstration quickly took a turn for the worst. Last week, members of the press were invited to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve to witness what some believe might be the greatest hope to saving the endangered rhinos -- lacing their horns with insecticides and a GPS device to deter those who might want to kill the animal for this valuable body part. The procedure has been performed effect...

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