The War on Poaching: Is Militarization Doomed to Fail?

African countries and private game reserves are waging an increasingly sophisticated arms race against poachers, yet the slaughter of elephants and rhinos continues. Some experts argue that the battle must be joined on a far wider front that targets demand in Asia and judicial dysfunction in Africa. READ MORE

 

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A black rhinoceros at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa in January 2013. In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the use of soldiers, drones, and other sophisticated military technology has failed to stem the slaughter of rhinos. So far this year, 345 rhinos have been poached in the park, more than double the number killed in the first seven months of 2012. (Photo by Adam Welz)

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