dewlap asked: if i might intrude; concerning the dehorning of rhinos to protect them, I believe that poachers will absolutely still kill them regardless. poachers may not be able to tell if a rhino has been dehorned, since most poaching occurs at night, and they can still kill out of spite when they realize that their time and effort tracking this highly-protected animal went to waste. this and the reasons you named seem to deem this as not a very effective management strategy..
i don’t know that we know that “poachers will absolutely still kill them regardless”, although what you are talking about does happen. i have not read recent data on the occurrence of this happening. i take your point though, and i think that the optimal solution is a hard clamp down on poaching by conservation authorities.