Cryptocurrency Comes to the Aid of Rhino Conservation in South Africa

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:38
Darryn Pollock
A cryptocurrency ‘with a conscious’ has been launched in South Africa called Rhino coin with the intention of helping aid the conservation of Rhinos in Africa
Cryptocurrency Comes to the Aid of Rhino Conservation in South Africa
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Rhinos have been under threat in Southern Africa for a number of years now as poaching devastated their numbers. Conservation efforts have been struggling and it looks as if there could be an answer in cryptocurrencies.

Rhino Coin has been created as an apparent effort to help fight the devastation of Rhino numbers as it is being called cryptocurrency ‘with a conscious’ by its founders. The idea being that the coin is pegged to one gram of legal Rhino horn.

The project is ambitious, but the hope is that the coin will be a store of value that can be traded on the international market all the while keeping the Rhino horn in South Africa and aiding the conservation effort.

Money for conservation

The key motivation behind the cryptocurrency is to save the rhino by trying to create a steady and sustainable source of revenue for rhino conservation.


"Rhino Coin attempts to give value to the legal rhino horn by converting it to cryptocurrency in a one coin to one gram (of horn) ratio, thereby allowing the conservationists to unlock the value of the horn and to take it to the international market, all while the horn is staying in South Africa," the founders of the coin explained

With around a third of all rhinos in private care, Rhino Coin is attempting to create value to current stockpiles in a bid to generate funds for these owners to sustain their efforts, even though the model is not limited to private conservationists.

New ways to utilize cryptocurrencies

As cryptocurrencies continue to infiltrate the global economy and different sectors in society, their uses and use cases are beginning to become more and more varied. The idea of Rhino Coin shows another level of cryptocurrency uses as the hope is an asset can be tethered to cryptocurrencies.

This idea of tethering, or pegging, assets has been done before; notably in Venezuela with the Petro and its pegging to oil, as well as the coin Tether, which is tied to the price of the US dollar.

However, both these pegged coins have been held under a cloud of scrutiny and suspicious, and with Rhino Coin taking on a controversial asset such as Rhino Horn, it remains to be seen if it can be a success, despite its pure intentions.

About the author

Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.