South Africa has been forced to sell some of its wildlife. It has moved around 100 rhinos to neighbouring countries and into private reserves just to protect them from poachers.

The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth around $150bn a year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

Rhino horn is more valuable than gold and platinum, with a kilo of rhino horn worth $65,000. It is popular in Asia where it is used in some medicines.

Over the border in Zimbabwe, there is a similar situation. Endangered elephants are being rounded up to be sold overseas. Zimbabwe has had money problems for years - leaving its national parks deprived of cash.

So selling the elephants could provide the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority with much needed resources to pay for roads and water.

Nepal is actually a good case study of a country that has had success in tackling the poaching problem. Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha brings a report from Kathmandu.

So what is driving the illegal wildlife poaching in South Africa and what can be done to tackle it?

Pelham Jones, the chairman of the Private Rhino Owners Association in South Africa, talks to Counting the Cost.

Source: Al Jazeera