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High Levels of International Unicorn Trade Led to Extinction

1 April 2017

Categories: Wildlife Trade News

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DNA analysis of ancient trinkets by Born Free wildlife trade experts gives scientific clue to disappearance of iconic species. 

Today, on the 1st of April 2017, the Born Free Foundation published its findings following an extensive year-long DNA analysis of ancient trinkets and historical artefacts. The study reveals that thousands of years ago, mankind exploited unicorns in vast numbers for their horns, which experts now believe were used for medicinal purposes and as symbols of status and power. Foundation investigators, Dr Owen Lee and Professor Jo King, believe that these intensive levels of exploitation, which may have involved tens of thousands of individual animals each year, caused the magnificent unicorn to become extinct.

Will Travers OBE, President of the Foundation, stated: “I am saddened by the findings of this important study, but not entirely surprised. The illegal wildlife trade has historically driven species to extinction and it continues to decimate wildlife numbers across the globe. If we don’t want species to go the way of the unicorn then now is the time to do something about it and support Born Free’s work to protect and conserve the real-life ‘unicorns’ of today.” 

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