The energy, food and financial needs of our species pit us against various flora and fauna in our complex ecosystems. But human encroachment on habitats and migration routes is not the only way we are facing off with wildlife. Humans are also actively wiping out iconic species like the elephant, lion, and rhino by turning them into commodities.
Down the slopes of the Udzungwa Mountains, Alvinus Linus Ngwale and his colleagues are enthusiastically wading through a river. Each wearing gumboots, they look focused as they fish out small aquatic invertebrates from Mchombe River in Kilombero District.
Recovering from a difficult time in her life, a woman takes a leap of faith and visits Africa—only to find she has finally come home.
In April 2017, a court ruling in South Africa overturned the government’s 2009 moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade and passed legislation permitting sales within the country. If leaders of other governments fail to communicate where they stand on rhino conservation, this legislation could prove disastrous for Africa’s already dwindling rhino population.
No scientific evidence proves rhino horn to be a magical cure-all for ailments ranging from cancer to hangovers, yet poachers decimate rhino populations. In demand centers across China and Southeast Asia, an upwardly mobile market continues to seek out rhino horn as a high-status multipurpose medicine.