Rhinoceros – from the Greek words “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn) can include any of five or six species of large, horn-bearing herbivores naturally occurring in Africa, India and South East Asia. Ranging between two to five tons in weight, depending on the species, rhinos fall into the large bodied mammal category.
Known for their thick skin, characteristic horns and acute sense of smell and hearing; rhinos are remarkably agile for their build. These browsers or grazers, like elephants, are able to communicate through infrasonic frequencies that humans are unable to hear.
Like most big mammals, rhinoceros have a low productive rate – females only conceive from the age of six, give birth to one calf at a time, and have an average gestation period of sixteen months. There is usually a two to four and a half year gap between calves. Consequently, there is a very slow recovery of the rhinoceros population from declining numbers due to poaching.
Rhinoceros (depending on the species) have one or two horns, on the upper regions of their snout. Although called horns, they are actually composed of keratin, which is a fibrous protein – as found in human hair and nails – not true horn.
Tragically, the rhinoceros’s horn is the very thing leading to its potential demise.
The horns are falsely believed, in Asian traditions, to be used for ‘medicinal’ purposes, but increasingly common is its use as a status symbol to display success and wealth. The demand for horn is so high that these fantastic creatures are being slayed, decimating their kind to the point of near extinction. Rhinos once roamed large parts of Africa and Asia in their millions. There are now estimated to be less than 25 000 (all 5 remaining species combined) surviving in the wild, which is less than the amount of people living in the small town of Cullinan, 30 km east of Pretoria, with a population of around 25 490 people.
What is Rhino Coin?
Rhino Coin is a cryptocurrency that is being hailed as “a creative mechanism to add value to rhino horn without actually trading physical horn”. It’s a cryptocurrency with a conscience, established to provide a sustainable source of income to help protect and conserve Rhino. Rhino Coin is Crypto-Conservation!
Compared to other cryptocurrencies, the difference is that this currency is underpinned by real “blood free” rhinoceros horn. By ‘digitising’ the horn, the value can be traded in a liquid marketplace, thereby creating a new market for rhino conservation. One Rhino Coin is equivalent of one gram of rhino horn. Rhino Coin can be purchased and traded on the trading platform CornuEx.com.
What is CornuEx?
Cornu is the Latin word for horn, and Ex is derived from “exchange”. CornuEx.com is a neutral trading platform for Rhino Coin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin. The CornuEx.com platform provides a seamless, easy-to-use system built on secure and tested blockchain technology and is an open source, transparent exchange.
What is CITES?
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments (voluntary – not all countries are members). The aim of this agreement is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 35,000 species of animals and plants.
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