Elephants and Rhinos

masai-mara-20140706-008-DSC_2068 Poaching amazes me. Especially poaching or Rhinos and Elephants. Neither make any sense. A rhino's horn is made of keratin, the same stuff that's in your hair and fingernails. Ascribing medicinal value to this is beyond absurd. Similarly with Elephants. The tusk is basically a massive tooth. Sure, it's pretty, but elephants have the largest brain of any creature on earth, have an advanced social hierarchy, live in family groups, and communicate over short and long distances. Killing an elephant for a tooth is the same as killing a person for a scalp. I just don't get it.

However poaching still happens. And it happens a lot. Every day over one hundred elephants and two rhinos are poached in Africa. All for their tusks. I don't blame the poachers. For many of them this is an economic necessity. I blame the buyers. Without demand, there would be no need for supply.