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Elephants and Rhinos are pretty in pink

By Mavis Brown

Killing rhinos and elephants for their horns and tusks has been a problem in many regions of the world for a number of years.

Although it has not been followed through with, the idea was proposed of having the tusks of elephants and the horns of rhinos stained with pink dye. This was first brought about when a reported 100 rhinos at Sabi Sands Game Reserve had their horns injected drilled and a liquid poison/dye mix injected by the Rhino Rescue Project in an effort to discourage poachers and make the horn less valuable.

Since then, it has been reported that rhinos from Dinokeng Game Reserve (Gauteng), Plumari Private Game Reserve (Gauteng), Ndumo Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal), Tembe Elephant Park (KwaZulu-Natal) and Kapama Private Game Reserve (Limpopo) have all been treated in a similar way.

However, the idea of doing this on a larger scale and keeping up with dyeing the tusks and horns is not a very realistic goal. The dye also doesn’t last much longer than a month. In conclusion, dyeing rhino horns pink, and/or mixing the dye with poison, doesn’t work at this time. No rhino horns have yet been detected by airport scanners due to dye having been injected. Money, time and scarce resources would be better spent elsewhere.

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