The main reason and biggest treat to rhinoceros is demand for their horns. In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed to have a variety of applications, such as fever reducer and aphrodisiac.
Rhinos are poached for their horns, which are believed in traditional Asian medicine practices to have healing properties as well as being an aphrodisiac. Rhino horn is made from keratin, dense compacted hair. A similar stuff makes up horse hooves as well as human fingernails, and there is no proven medicinal property to a rhino horn. Nevertheless, Rhino horns can fetch up to $30,000 a pound, and weigh up to 8 pounds a piece.
The horns on African rhinos are generally bigger than those of Asian rhinos. Demand for rhino horn continues to rise, particularly in Vietnam.
See this GreenAnswers article on rhino poaching or several other questions and answers already posted on this topic, such as this one.
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