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A game rancher near Port Elizabeth who couldn't afford the high cost of protecting his rhinos from poachers sold this one to a more secure operation. The rhino, blindfolded and wearing earplugs to calm it, will be sedated and accompanied by a veterinarian during the 20-hour truck journey to its new home. Brent Stirton/National Geographic hide caption

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Rhino Horn: The Most Valuable Appendage In Illegal Wildlife Trade

Journalist Bryan Christy estimates the wholesale market for rhino horn is a quarter of a billion dollars. Customers think the horn has healing powers. Criminal syndicates take the money.

A game rancher near Port Elizabeth who couldn't afford the high cost of protecting his rhinos from poachers sold this one to a more secure operation. The rhino, blindfolded and wearing earplugs to calm it, will be sedated and accompanied by a veterinarian during the 20-hour truck journey to its new home. Brent Stirton/National Geographic hide caption

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Brent Stirton/National Geographic

Rhino Horn: The Most Valuable Appendage In Illegal Wildlife Trade

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