Could Safely Removing This Rhino’s Horn Save Its Life?

Rhinoceroses are constantly under threat of being poached for their horns. If poachers get to them, they are killed, their horn is cut off, and the rest is left behind. But what if you take away what poachers value most? Conservationists in South Africa have turned to dehorning as a preemptive measure that, unfortunately, removes what most characterizes a rhino. It's a heartbreaking intervention: Once a rhino is located, it's sedated and stabilized before the horn is removed with a chain saw. Conservationists are aware that dehorning is not an ideal solution, yet it doesn't seem to affect the rhinos and might be what saves their species. Watch the full process in this public awareness short film by Black Bean Productions in collaboration with Wildlands and Empowers Africa.

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