Tweet photo by Mark Turner (Flickr Creative Commons) Africa’s rhinos are facing a constant threat due to poachers and trophy hunting. The increasing demand for rhino horn used in traditional Chinese medicine – especially in new markets such as Vietnam – is fueling an illegal trade involving corruption and organized crime. In a recent poaching attack in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, poachers entered a wildlife reserve via helicopter and cut the horns off of a drugged white rhino with a chainsaw. The rhino miraculously survived the brutal attack. From a report in South Africa’s Independent: It appears that the poachers may also have captured the cow’s month-old calf and taken it away in a helicopter. A wildlife investigator said the wounds to the cow were comparable to slashing the nose off a person. For more on this story see the below video report from Al Jazeera English. Be advised that the report contains some brutal and disturbing footage. Africa’s Endangered Rhinos Additional resources: Reuters – Elle Macpherson in rhino horn row SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.