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US finalise listing of white rhino

June 1, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized the listing of the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, effectively giving the species greater protection from poaching.

An antique bronze urn for storing medicine in HCMC’s Traditional Medicine Museum. A new trend in Vietnam of buying rhino horn as a gift with the primary motivation to enhance social standing has emerged. Medical motivations are secondary. Photo by Mic Smith

An antique bronze urn for storing medicine in HCMC’s Traditional Medicine Museum. A new trend in Vietnam of buying rhino horn as a gift with the primary motivation to enhance social standing has emerged. Medical motivations are secondary. Photo by Mic Smith

Now that the rhino listing has been finalised in the US, all five rhino species will come under the protection of United States’ law, making it easier for enforcement officials to bring rhino horn smugglers to justice.

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