The rhinoceros is a beautiful animal, a giant yet a herbivore. It means no harm to any living being, so why is it being killed all over the world? For its poachers to earn a few hundred dollars from its horns?
The Kaziranga National Park in the north-eastern state of Assam in India is home to the largest population of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros; only about 3,000 remain in the Indian subcontinent. An estimated 135 rhinos have been killed in the past decade in Kaziranga – of these, three have been in January 2016 alone. Unfortunately, I was a witness to the carcass of one. Globally, about 30,000 rhinos across all species remain with over a thousand being poached annually. A simple math will tell you how long they will exist at this rate.
What will it take for these murders to stop? When will we realize the price we all are paying for destroying our natural world? Tune in to this video for a glimpse of what is happening to our rhinos. Some images may be disturbing.