Zimbabwe dehorning rhinos to deter poachers

Zimbabwe has begun dehorning its rhinoceros population in an effort to deter the poaching of one of the world's endangered species, official media reported on Thursday.
There is a ready market, especially in Asia, for rhino horns. Like elephant tusks, they are used mostly to manufacture jewelry, figurines and tourist trinkets.
 "We want poachers to know that if they kill any rhino in Zimbabwe, they will not find any horns," according to Henry Madzikanda, chief ecologist for Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. "We are keeping them all in highly secured places for our future generations."
” According to Save the Rhino International, rampant poaching brought the number of rhinos in the southern African country down from about 2,000 in 1980 to 370, before rhino numbers rose again to the current level of 789.