Asia, Poachers — And Game Rangers — Succeed — Rhinos Now Extinct In Mozambique

English: Sketch map of the Greater Limpopo Tra...

English: Sketch map of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can only sit in helpless disgust.

Mozambique’s rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia.

A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press that the last rhino in the southern African nation has been killed. The warden in charge of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park — the only place where the horned behemoths lived in Mozambique — also says poachers have wiped out the last of the rhinos. Mozambique’s conservation director believes a few may remain.

Asia’s rising middle class and its insane, unquenchable thirst for ancient, absurdly ineffective rhino horn medicinal treatments (it’s keratin, the same substance as finger and toenails, fuckers!  See below photo from WWF) has driven the rhinos in Mozambique to extinction.  All for about $100 a month to rangers, who were complicit in the poaching.

A game ranger arrested for helping poachers in Mozambique’s northern Niassa Game Reserve said on Mozambican Television TVM last week that he was paid 2,500 meticais (about $80) to direct poachers to areas with elephants and rhinos. Game
rangers are paid between 2,000 and 3,000 meticais ($64 to $96) a month.

Hell, I’d help pay rangers $500 a month to kill the poachers.  Where do I contribute?

Here’s the story:  http://news.yahoo.com/expert-rhinos-extinct-mozambique-154136909.html

More, from a 4/23/2013 Huffington Post story:

“China and Southeast Asia are the biggest destinations of  these illegal products, but not because of the traditional  medical uses. Growing uses in Asia include the giving of ivory  as a high-value gift, drinking of rhino horn wine, and rhino  horn as an aphrodisiac, a cure for cancer, and hangovers.”

Vietnamese encouraged to reduce demand for rhino horn

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