Pembient is Trying to Curb Rhino Extinction by Disrupting Wildlife Trade

By: Alyson Wyers - May 22, 2015
References: signup.pembient & springwise
In an effort to prevent rhino extinction, startup Pembient is bioengineering wildlife products such as horns. The 3D printed rhino horns are supposed to be a sustainable alternative to real horns, and will hopefully help to save the species.

In the last 40 years, almost 95% of the global rhinoceros population has been killed off by poachers. Rhino horns are extremely valuable in the illegal wildlife trade, so stopping poaching has proved next to impossible. This 3D printed solution is a cheaper option that keeps conservation in mind.

Using biotechnology, Pembient is able to create a substance that is similar to a rhino horn genetically and spectrographically. They hope by selling them, they will be able to disrupt the industry and stop rhino extinction by reducing the incentive to kill.