As in Thailand poachers are also active in South Africa. Mostly "business"-people and hi-ranked are using poor middle-men for their dirty money-making.
Fortunately the Rangers, other than in Thailand, are properly armed and have license to kill when they are attacked by these criminals.
In Thailand it isn't rare that Rangers has been killed by the poachers.
In South Africa is a project running to make the public aware of these crimes.
These are photos made from publications erected at the local airport and at the entrance-gates of Kruger National Park.
When you are too sensitive don't open this gallery: horrifying pictures of poached animals displayed when one enters the Kruger National Park. The result of cold-blooded "human" greed. The African Rangers are asking by means of tthese bill-boards attention to the problem and financial help to improve the battle against those criminals.
Some animal parts used as medicinals can be considered rather strange such as cows' gallstones. Some can include the parts of endangered species, including tiger penis and rhinoceros horn. The black market in rhinoceros horn reduced the world's rhino population by more than 90 percent over the past 40 years. Concerns have also arisen over the use of turtle plastron and seahorses. In general, Chinese traditional medicine emphasizes the penis of animals as therapeutic. Snake oil has been used traditionally for joint pain as a liniment;[ however, there is no clinical evidence that it is effective. Since TCM recognizes bear bile as a medicinal, more than 12,000 asiatic black bears are held in "bear farms", where they suffer cruel conditions while being held in tiny cages. The bile is extracted through a permanent hole in the abdomen leading to the gall bladder, which can cause severe pain; the bears are known to regularly try to kill themselves. One of the most successful company Guizhentang Pharmaceutical company met many challenges trying to enter the stock market.
Australian scientists have developed methods to identify medicines containing DNA traces of endangered species.