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Vigne, L.; Martin, E.B., 2000. Price for rhino horn increases in Yemen. Pachyderm 28: 91-100, photos 1-6, table 1

Location: Africa - Western Africa - Cameroon
Subject: Distribution - Poaching
Species: Black Rhino

Original text on this topic:
Some of this horn probably originates from animals killed in Cameroon. From 1990 to 1998, on average three black rhinos have disappeared each year, presumably poached, from northern Cameroon (Planton, 1999). In 1998 there were at least four pairs of black rhino horns for sale in Garoua town in northern Cameroon. Each pair was priced on average at CFA 1,000,000 ($1,667) (Planton, pers. comm., 1998). If the average pair weighs 2.88 kg (the average weight for a pair of Kenyan black rhino horns), then the horn was priced at the equivalent of $579 a kg. According to Hubert Planton, who has been in Cameroon since 1987, one rhino was killed in B?nou? National Park in 1996; the pair of horns weighing 5.5 kg was removed and brought to Garoua for sale. The owner wanted CFA 2,200,000 for the pair, which is the equivalent of $667 a kg. Almost all the horn in Cameroon is exported because there is little demand for it within the country. Planton was told that occasionally it is used by traditional doctors when they pray. Trucks from Sudan come all the way across Africa to collect coffee in southern Cameroon. When the drivers come to Garoua on the return journey, some ask for rhino horns and put them in their trucks and drive back to Omdurman or Khartoum (information from shipping agents in Cameroon to H. Planton and then by pers. comm. to the authors in 1998). From Sudan the horn is exported, eventually finding its way to Yemen.

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