Criminal syndicates turn to Rhino poaching

Rhino experts say there is a new trend emerging in relation to rhino poaching. Increasingly, criminal syndicates usually associated with more hardened crimes like drug trafficking and vehicle theft are turning to rhino poaching.

“Over the last couple of years there has been a change; international, sophisticated criminals are becoming involved because of the sky-high prices,” said Dr Richard Thomas, the communications co-ordinator for TRAFFIC International, a wildlife trade-monitoring network.

This level of increasing sophistication, said Thomas, could be noted in the use of bulk consignments that are hidden in containers and sent by sea. Horn is often mixed with other contraband.

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