Rhino dehorning, Kenya

Rhino dehorning, Kenya

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Credit: PATRICK LANDMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rhino dehorning. Conservation workers capturing a black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). They have placed a hood over the rhino's head to calm it. This is part of a project to dehorn rhinos, in an effort to prevent them from being killed by poachers. Rhino horn is used as an aphrodisiac in some traditional medicines and for ceremonial dagger handles. Dehorning has to be repeated annually as a rhino's horns, like fingernails, grow continuously. Photographed in Isiolo, Kenya.

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