Guards and Drones Protect Rhinos

    In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 photo, a one-horned rhinoceros grazes inside the Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife reserve that provides refuge to more than 2,200 endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Even in this well protected reserve, where rangers follow shoot-to-kill orders, poachers are laying siege to “Fortress Kaziranga,” attempting to sheer off the animals' horns to supply a surge in demand for purported medicine in China that's pricier than gold. A number of guards have been killed along with 108 poachers since 1985 while 507 rhino have perished by gunfire, electrocution or spiked pits set by the poachers, according to the park. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

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    This is so much more effective than a “do not trespass” sign. Kaziranga national park in India’s northern state of Assam really wants to protect its rhinos from poachers armed with AK-47s. The state government is beefing up armed guards to protect the animals and soon will deploy drones. State laws even shield guards from prosecution if they kill a poacher while protecting a rhino. Will this create an all-out war between poachers and guards? It’s possible. Will it save rhinos from extinction? Well, it can’t hurt.

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