Nature Tracks - Horn of Death
This program deals with the black and white rhino and the controversy surrounding the trade in rhino horn. Demand for their horn, fictitiously believed to have healing powers and a status symbol in its carved form as a Yemeni dagger handle, continues to cause their demise. This black rhino in Botswana has become extinct twice in one century, dehorning programs have been adopted in Zimbabwe and Namibia and shoot on sight policies have become full scale wars between poachers and conversationalists. Yet still the rhino’s future looks bleak.