Possibly the biggest conservation blunder ever

What would we give for rhino poaching to stop? Is there a cost too great? What about sacrificing another species?

That is exactly what the WWF did in the early 1990s. In a desperate attempt to stop Chinese from utilizing rhino horn, they recommended the use of Saiga antelope horns instead. At the time, the population was in the millions.

Last updated on 17 February 2016

Type: 
Media Watch
Region: 
Asia
Threats: 
Unsustainable hunting and trapping
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals