Towards Extinction

Published: Friday 15 May 1998

The Great-One-Horned Rhinoceros have been driven into a few pockets of Nepal and eastern India because of dwindling forests, where poachers are hunting them to extinction. A variety of other animals, like the horned owls, Himalayan black bears, tigers and snow leopards are suffering the same fate. They are victims of a global racket involving US $6 billion annually in wildlife products -- the second largest illegal trade after narcotics. Combating this problem is an uphill task as it includes dangerous encounters with poachers.

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