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Save the Elephants

by Bill Hayes

In Save the Elephants for the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the plight of the elephants.

The plight of elephants is paralleled by an equally gruesome situation for rhinos. Three of the world’s five rhinoceros species are listed as “critically endangered”; one of them, the Javan rhino, is probably down to fewer than fifty individuals. The most numerous rhino, the white rhino, survives primarily in South Africa. Until recently, it was considered a conservation success story; however, poaching has increased to the point that the white rhino, too, is at risk. In the first few months of this year, nearly four hundred rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, most of them in national parks. Although rhinos can live without their horns, which are made of keratin, like your fingernails, poachers generally leave them so mangled that they die. In May, a baby rhino from South Africa’s Kapama Private Game Reserve made international news when it was found mourning over its mother’s bloody body. [more]