Conservationists declare nuclear war on rhino poachers

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Conservationists declare nuclear war on rhino poachers

SA research project will see radio-active microchips inserted in the animals’ horns as an added layer of protection

Senior reporter

The war against rhino poaching in SA is one step closer to going nuclear.

SA nuclear researchers and rhino conservationists are poised to enter phase two of the Rhisotope Project.

The idea behind the project, which was launched in the Eastern Cape in May, is to inject low-grade radioactive isotopes, smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen, into a rhino’s horn, turning them into radioactive beacons...

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