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Rhisotope Project

Rhisotope Project:

South African scientists injected radioactive material into live rhinoceros horns under the Rhisotope Project to curb poaching.

  • Rhisotope Project was started in 2021 in South Africa.
  • It aims to make the rhinoceros horns easier to detect at border posts and render them useless for human consumption.
  • The project involves inserting two tiny radioactive chips into the horns of 20 rhinos.
  • The low-dose radioactive material is designed to be detectable by radiation sensors at international borders without harming the animals or the environment.
  • The radioactive material is expected to last five years on the horn, making it a more cost-effective solution than dehorning every 18 months.
  • Additionally, the team sprayed 11,000 microdots on each treated horn for further identification.
  • The team of scientists will take follow-up blood samples to ensure the rhinoceroses are effectively protected.