Increased demand for rhino horn in Yemen threatens eastern Africa's rhinos

Lucy Vigne, Esmond Martin, Benson Okita-Ouma

Abstract


Conservation organizations have neglected Yemen’s role in the rhino horn trade since early 2003, with no attention given to the problem, although most horns from eastern Africa’s poached rhinos are known to go there. Therefore, in early 2007 we collated data on rhino poaching in eastern Africa, and the first two authors
carried out a survey in Yemen to update information on rhino horn smuggling. We learned that demand has risen substantially with the price of rhino horn up by 40% in four years, despite an increase in quantity of horns entering the country. We had meetings with decisionmakers to try to curtail the trade and improve public awareness to reduce demand for rhino horn.

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