Poachers who intend to kill rhino will assess the RISKS of committing this crime against the REWARDS of selling their horns into the illegal wildlife trade. The more protection we are able to put into place in rhino habitat, the higher the RISKS become for poachers and the less likely they are to attempt to kill the rhino.

Protection can be achieved in many ways such as military-style security personnel on foot patrol, supported by aerial reconnaissance craft, tracking dogs, equine units, and drones. These systems are expensive to maintain in the field and so intelligence gathering to work out where best to deploy these resources across vast African landscapes, is a very important component of protection.