Reply To: Dehorning Rhinos

Lucy Chimes

I am about to begin my masters research project on the impacts of dehorning on rhino ecology but so far from my research and reading I think that although dehorning is not the optimal choice and likely does have some negative impacts on rhinos in terms of behaviour, ecology etc, there is a lot of evidence from different countries that the negatives are still outweighed by the decrease in poaching that is seen. However, there is some evidence that dehorning alone is not sufficient because some horn still remains on the rhino and so if there is not sufficient other protection such as anti-poaching patrols then the risks are so low and the value of the horn so high that poachers will still kill rhinos for the remaining stump. Hope that isn’t too long winded and makes sense but thats just some of the things I’ve have found!

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