At the root of the rhino killing scourge is the continued use of illegal rhino horn in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Although science has thoroughly debunked rhino horn’s alleged efficacy as a remedy, the demand for rhino horn continues unabated in the consumer markets of China and Vietnam.
In South Africa, the escalating trade in illegal rhino horn is compounded by greed and corruption from unscrupulous members of the wildlife conservation community.
And while the R100 000,00/$13,963 sum in the Louis Trichardt arrest may seem considerable, the price of rhino horn climbs much higher after leaving the African continent.
On the Vietnamese market, illegal rhino horn can fetch USD $40,000 per kilogram and in China, the price soars to $60,000 per kilogram. Average weights for black rhino horns are three kilograms, and five and a half for white rhino horns.