Safari icon - rhinos are being hit by record poaching levels Rare Northern white rhinos require round the clock, armed security Crime scene - Kenyan ranger inspects carcass of poached white rhino Anti-poaching patrol on manoeuvres in Lewa conservancy Community security guards on the frontline in Africa rely on support from a range of conservation charities In Namibia's remote and rugged Kunene region camel patrols are used to safeguard rare desert rhinos Rhino horns, worth more than their weight in gold, are removed on a South African rhino farm Farm worker on South Africa's biggest rhino 'farm' where horns are harvested and stockpiled Conservationist on a private game reserve treats an injured rhino - a valuable tourist asset Taking DNA samples of antique horn in a European museum to prevent further rhino horn thefts Rhino campaigns across the globe are raising awareness of the renewed poaching problem Mankind and the rhino - conservationists battle to save the rhino from extinction once more
  • Safari icon - rhinos are being hit by record poaching levels

    Safari icon - rhinos are being hit by record poaching levels

    • Lieu : &Beyond Phinda game reserve
    • Pays : South Africa
  • Rare Northern white rhinos require round the clock, armed security

    Rare Northern white rhinos require round the clock, armed security

    • Lieu : Ol Pejeta game reserve
    • Pays : Kenya
  • Crime scene - Kenyan ranger inspects carcass of poached white rhino

    Crime scene - Kenyan ranger inspects carcass of poached white rhino

    • Lieu : Lewa Conservancy
    • Pays : Kenya
  • Anti-poaching patrol on manoeuvres in Lewa conservancy

    Anti-poaching patrol on manoeuvres in Lewa conservancy

    • Lieu : Lewa Conservancy
    • Pays : Kenya
  • Community security guards on the frontline in Africa rely on support from a range of conservation charities

    Community security guards on the frontline in Africa rely on support from a range of conservation charities

    • Lieu : Chyulu Hills
    • Pays : Kenya
  • In Namibia's remote and rugged Kunene region camel patrols are used to safeguard rare desert rhinos

    In Namibia's remote and rugged Kunene region camel patrols are used to safeguard rare desert rhinos

    • Lieu : Kunene region
    • Pays : Namibia
  • Rhino horns, worth more than their weight in gold, are removed on a South African rhino farm

    Rhino horns, worth more than their weight in gold, are removed on a South African rhino farm

    • Lieu : High veld farm (location secret)
    • Pays : South Africa
  • Farm worker on South Africa's biggest rhino 'farm' where horns are harvested and stockpiled

    Farm worker on South Africa's biggest rhino 'farm' where horns are harvested and stockpiled

    • Lieu : High veld farm (location secret)
    • Pays : South Africa
  • Conservationist on a private game reserve treats an injured rhino - a valuable tourist asset

    Conservationist on a private game reserve treats an injured rhino - a valuable tourist asset

    • Lieu : Kwandwe game reserve
    • Pays : South Africa
  • Taking DNA samples of antique horn in a European museum to prevent further rhino horn thefts

    Taking DNA samples of antique horn in a European museum to prevent further rhino horn thefts

    • Lieu : Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
    • Pays : United Kingdom
  • Rhino campaigns across the globe are raising awareness of the renewed poaching problem

    Rhino campaigns across the globe are raising awareness of the renewed poaching problem

    • Lieu : Klerksdorp
    • Pays : South Africa
  • Mankind and the rhino - conservationists battle to save the rhino from extinction once more

    Mankind and the rhino - conservationists battle to save the rhino from extinction once more

    • Lieu : Lewa Conservancy
    • Pays : Kenya

Rhino poaching has reached record levels in Africa in the last few years. At the time this entry was submitted (September), South Africa alone, home to the world's largest rhino population, had lost more than 600 of its rhinos to poaching this year. That's more than two rhinos every day. The renewed poaching crisis is being fueled by increased demand for rhino horn from Vietnam and China. Horn is traded on the black market and is currently worth more than its weight in gold or cocaine. The high stakes have attracted highly organised and sophisticated crime syndicates ruthlessly seizing horn by killing rhinos in the wild in Africa and by plundering museum exhibits further afield. Conservationists have stepped up rhino security to unprecedented levels in response, but warn that if left unchecked we could see rhinos disappear completely from the wild in our lifetime.