The Rhino War 2008

Close to extinction, the rhino population is scarce. Yet, so many poachers are slaughtering these animals merely for their horns. On the black market, the horns of rhinos can fetch nearly $20,000 per kilogram. They’re used for traditional medical practices in China such as alleviating the common cold and lowering fevers and in the Middle East as ceremonial daggers. Even when modern science has disproved the medical powers that many think the rhinoceros’ horn has, poaching is still one of the major problems that may lead to the complete extinction of these animals.

At Kaziranga National Park lives a man and his workers that have dedicated their lives to protecting the wildlife that wanders on the reserve, and kill the men who try do otherwise. His name is Dharanidhar Boro. A humble looking man, though many consider him a braveheart, hero, and guardian of the national park. Some say that his personal kills range from 20 to 30 even 40 poachers. A scary but a very real saying he lives by, “You kill one of my rhinos, I kill three of you.”

There are many sites out there that donates to the cause of preserving the lives of rhinos; not just from poaching, but from the environmental deterioration. The IRF is an informational site that I’ve found and will be donating to. But there are a bunch others that you can choose from. Donate for the cause!

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