The $4m cost is almost double the anti-poaching budget for South African National Parks.
Organised crime always looks for new ways to make money. And zoo animals are an easy target.
The fascination and admiration of the natural environment may draw people closer to it, but it's crucial to remain responsible about any desire to own a piece.
Park rangers, local people and conservationists need to find some common ground.
Swaziland hoped to be allowed to legally trade rhino horns but the idea was rejected by vote at the CITES conference.
The CITES conference on international wildlife trade could determine whether these animals have a viable future.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Initiatives to curb rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park has shown improvement compared to last year. But poaching in other parks has increased.
Rhino horn trade is a hotly contested topic. Proponents believe it can aid conservation efforts. But those in opposition believe it will cause poaching to increase.
A few national parks and reserves want to dehorn rhinos and there is a lobby for a regulated and closely monitored legal trade in rhino horn. But this is met by opposition from many.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
The Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra is home to some of the world's rarest and best-loved animals. Thanks to a new government moratorium on land clearing, conservationists have enjoyed a big win.
Next time you plan a holiday you can rest assured that wildlife sightseeing can help some threatened species.
There are very violent confrontations in southern Africa's peace parks. This is partly due to a violent history dating back to the apartheid era that has never been adequately addressed.
The death of Cecil the lion ignited furious debate over trophy hunting in 2015. But conservationists argue that it's a necessary evil.
Their flimsy chances rely on the eggs and sperm from the remaining three elderly animals, combined with frozen DNA from dead rhino.
Conservationists are increasingly looking to translocating rhinos. This not only ensures their safety but also enables improvements to their genetic health.
Indonesia could manage without its rhino, unlike African countries which rely on safari dollars.
Conservationists claim the combination of GPS tracker, heart-beat monitor and spy camera will be a game changer.
Dropping fences can help the fight against poaching by inviting the people living in surrounding areas to take care of the animals.