The last known female rhino in a South African Park has been killed by poachers. This means that the Rhino will be extinct inÂ this particular park. Â The death of the creature has spawned an outcry; the public wants stronger regulations and heftier fines against those that kill endangered species.
So why would poachers kill a rhino? There’s growing demand for the horns on the creature, and these people feel that the horns are worth more than the animal’s life. Â This is tragic and sad, as this is a very unique animal and one that many people will likely never see in their lifetime.
The horns are used to make trinkets and decorations. Â Perhaps a ban on items made out of this substance would help squelch the demand, in turn reducing the incidences in which the rhinos are killed.
The female animal was not alone; she was the 136th of the species to be killed this year alone.