White rhinoceros horn removal

White rhinoceros horn removal

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Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) horn removal, Umhlametsi Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. These horns were removed from a white rhinoceros as part of an anti-poaching operation. The horn is made entirely of keratin protein so removal does not harm the animal but the team are careful to leave a ten centimetre stump to avoid infection. Despite horn removal, poachers will still attempt to kill the animals for the remaining stump or as an act of vengeance. The removed horn is sampled for DNA, micro-shipped and stored securely.

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