Nuclear Science could save rhinos?
By inserting measured quantities of radioisotopes into the horns of live rhinos, this project aims to use nuclear science in a novel way for conservation.
This non-lethal yet powerful solution, aims to radically reduce the demand from end-users and save rhinos from the very real threat of extinction.
Science Saving Rhinos
Making rhino horns horn radioactive, reduces their desirability as a commodity. Radioactively treated horns are more likely to be detected at international borders, making it more likely that smuggling syndicates are exposed, prosecuted and convicted under anti-terrorism laws.
People Saving Rhinos
The Rhisotope Project is also comprised of a strong philanthropic arm, focusing on community and educational support projects. Creating rhino champions and projects that allow communities to reap the benefits of living rhinos, and not dead ones.
Rhinos Saving People
Wildlife crime is one of the four major black market crimes. The others are: drugs, human trafficking and weapons trafficking. All of these activities fund international terrorism, making the world a more dangerous place for everyone.
The Rhisotope Project was founded in 2021 by Prof. James Larkin, the radiation and health physics unit director at Wits University and co-founder Suzanne Boswell. At first, a concept that seemed crazy has received overwhelming support from all corners of the globe, like-minded individuals ready and eager to make a change in the world. Using science-based solutions, we hope to curb the demand for rhino horns and ultimately save a species.