Of the world’s endangered animal species, none faces a more dire situation than rhinos. With just 25,000 or so rhinos left in in the world, the threat of extinction looms large.
But now an international database that keeps track of 75 percent of them may offer some hope.
South African law requires that a tissue sample be collected any time a rhino is moved from one park to another or receives medical care. The sample is used to create a DNA profile for each animal that can be recorded and, in case the animal is ever poached, matched to confiscated rhino horn.