rhino's horn may very well be the cause of its
extinction. This coveted horn has been prized
for many years by traditional Eastern cultures.
It has been carved into daggers and also ground
into powder which is thought to have healing
powers. No other large mammal has been as
devastated by poaching as the black rhino. Once
the most numerous of all rhino species, the
black rhino has been the target of the greatest
hunting pressure of all. In 1970 the world
population of black rhino was 65,000. By 1980 it
dropped to 15,000, and today it is thought that
fewer than 3,000 remain. Most of those illegal
rhino horns were shipped to the tiny country of
North Yemen, where they were fashioned into the
handles of daggers and other trinkets.