Gunmen hired to protect rhino horns

2014-01-12 12:24
A new initiative has been launched to intensify the fight against rhino poaching. (Green Renaissance)

A new initiative has been launched to intensify the fight against rhino poaching. (Green Renaissance)

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Durban - The city's Natural Science Museum has hired two armed guards to protect its rhino horn display that is housed in a glass cabinet.

According to the Sunday Times, the Durban exhibition is part of the anti-rhino poaching campaign.

Museum director Allison Ruiters said they had decided to employ the armed guards after being alerted to raids targeting museums abroad for their rhino horn displays. Museums in South Africa have also fallen victim to rhino horn thieves in the past.

More than 2 600 rhinos have been poached in South Africa since 2008. The horns are believed to trade for upwards of R600 000 a kilogram.
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