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Radioactive Rhino Horns Set to Add to Anti-Poaching Arsenal

  • Program backed by Rosatom seeks to make horns detectable
  • Almost 400 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year
A rhino at a private game reserve as part of a pilot project to use nuclear science as an anti-poaching tool, in South Africa.
A rhino at a private game reserve as part of a pilot project to use nuclear science as an anti-poaching tool, in South Africa.Source: Rosatom

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Researchers are working on a pilot program backed by Russia’s Rosatom Corp. to inject rhino horns with radioactive material, a tactic that could discourage consumption and make it easier to detect illegal trade.