We’ve reported that, due to ivory poaching, elephants may be facing extinction. Now it’s been discovered that rhinos are in major danger of extinction as well. Both species have body parts–ivory tusks in the case of elephants and a horn for the rhinoceros–that that are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine.
Richard Black reports in BBC News that a rise in poaching has put some species of rhinoceros at risk of extinction. The amount of rhino horn being illegally traded increased 5 times between 2000 and 2005. Black quotes animal rights activist Simon Milledge as saying, "The main market remains in east and southeast Asia, as well as in the Middle East."