Rhino horns are now selling for $25,000 a pound in underground markets — more than the cost of cocaine. In Vietnam and China, the substance is used by some to treat everything from headaches to fevers and even cancer. The medicinal benefits are scientifically unproven, but illegal poaching is at an all-time high.
$25,000 — Cost per pound of crushed rhino horn powder
$16,000 — Cost per pound of cocaine in the United States
28,000 — Rhinos remaining worldwide
448 — Rhinos killed in South Africa in 2011, an all-time high
160 — Rhinos killed in South Africa since January 2012
0 — Wild rhinos remaining in Vietnam. The last known rhino in the country was found dead with its horns hacked off in 2010.