Chinese Activists Investigate ‘Rhino Horn Farm’


In July 2010, we began our article series about China’s rhino horn scheme. This is the latest development.

Environmental activists in China are taking a closer look at the Longhui Pharmaceutical Company’s rhino horn farm, and here are a few of their recent findings.

According to Jing Zhang, the founder of China’s Student Alliance for Animal Rights, most of the rhinos have been moved from Sanya to another farm in Yunnan Province.

Ten rhinos were identified at the Sanya location — one male and nine females. The rhinos were observed outside with a large mud wallow.

Jing’s team interviewed residents living near the Sanya location, who claimed that the “company was unsuccessful at breeding rhinos”.

While specific health issues could not be confirmed, it is suspected that some of the rhinos have died.

The Student Alliance for Animal Rights (SAFAR) has partnered with Green Beagle, a Chinese environmental NGO, to investigate the rhino horn scheme at ground zero.

SAFAR is opposed to the rhino farm. We at Saving Rhinos are assisting SAFAR with their upcoming awareness campaign about the rhino farm, rhinos, and the rhino horn trade.

Timeline and background

For the timeline and background on this disturbing situation, see:


Student Alliance for Animal Rights is dedicated to promoting animal rights on various campuses and the local communities through student engagement. On college campuses, Student Alliance for Animal Rights intends to let students realize the major conservation and animal cruelty issues in United States, China, Costa Rica and other countries, and encourage them to educate the rest of the people in the community, through petitions, presentations, seminars, and other activities held on and off college campuses.

Learn more here.

Source: Pers. comm. Jing Zhang (Feb. – March 2012).

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Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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  1. Belinda van der Merwe

    Thanks for sharing with us and all your hard work. We need more people like you on this planet of ours!!!!

  2. Well done to SAFAR. It is absolute madness this whole Rhino horn business. Leave those animals alone. Why do Humans mess with them??? Please leave them alone now!!!

  3. Thanks for all you’re trying to do. The message needs to get out to all the consumers and those ignorant that the rhino horn is of no value to the human and that they are just being conned and ripped off by a syndicate greedy for wealth.

  4. please stop with this

  5. Having seen this evening another episode of a BBC doc on china, our only hope is for the whole thing to colapse from within as it has done before. The people in the main are living in another world and with all the corruption you can imagine combined with brainwashing on a scale hard to believe.