Rhino poaching refers to the illegal hunting of rhinoceros in Africa, primarily because of an increase in the demand for a traditional Chinese medicine that is made from the powder of rhinoceros horn. According to Save t... More » Government & Politics Crime

As of 2014, the main animals being poached in Africa are rhinoceros and elephants. Other animals being poached in lesser amounts include lions, leopards, baboons, elands, impala, bushbuck, reedbuck, kudus and warthogs. More » Geography Africa

In an effort to stop the poaching of rhino horns and elephant tusks, most of these animals are moved to nature reserves where they can be better protected, monitored and cared for. Poaching has also been made illegal in ... More » Science Environmental Science Human Impact
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Rhino horns are composed of a fibrous protein called keratin, which is the same substance found in human fingernails and hair. Keratin is also present in feathers, claws and hoofs. More » Science Biology Zoology