Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 Edition – Rhino Relocation. Images ©Jason Florio

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 -rhino image ©Jason Florio (photo credit: Helen Jones-Florio)

A poaching team – the several men who actually do the grisly job may receive as much as $10,000 per horn‘ ‘Movable Beast

Words by Todd Pitock / Images ©Jason Florio for Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018. Now available, online, to view

‘I couldn’t keep putting my people at risk,” he said. “I couldn’t go to their families next time and tell them it wasn’t the poachers but one of our guys who got shot.’

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 image © Jason Florio

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 – image © Jason Florio

‘The thieves were hunting mostly in Kruger National Park and the areas around South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique. But as anti-poaching measures there improved and the price of rhino horn kept soaring, to tens of thousands of dollars a kilogram, the poachers began expanding into new territory.

They first hit Van Niekerk’s place, deep in the interior, in January 2017, came again the next month, and a third time that April. They killed six rhinos...’ read more online/Smithsonian Magazine

 

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