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Zimbabwe to dehorn 700 rhinos to shut out poachers

It costs $1,200 to retrieve the horn which is mostly used in traditional medicine in Asia.? Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Harare, Zimbabwe Aug 30, 2016, 02.25 PM (IST)
Zimbabwe is aiming to dehorn its rhino population to avoid poaching, a wildlife conservation group told Reuters on Tuesday.

The African country has a population of 700 strong rhinos. As many as 50 Rhinos were killed illegally in Zimbabwe last year. However, entire Africa, especially South Africa, experienced a loss of 1,305 rhinos during the same time, the group added.

"We want to send a message to poachers that they will not get much if they come to Zimbabwe. The park's policy is to dehorn all the rhinos," said Lisa Marabini, who is the director of operations with Aware Trust Zimbabwe, to Reuters.

Aware Trust Zimbabwe is one of the two organisations helping the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to dehorn the Rhinos.

It costs $1,200 to retrieve the horn which is mostly used in traditional medicine in Asia. 

Zimbabwe has 100 of these Rhinos living in the government-run parks while the remaining reside in private wildlife sanctuaries.

Killing a Rhino will put a poacher in jail for nine years in Zimbabwe.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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