Starting in 2007, South African Johnny Olivier found himself in the middle of an unprecedented rhino poaching scheme you'd have to see to believe. Luckily, we have the photographs to prove it.
Pictured: Members of a South African anti-poaching unit.
A white rhino in Northern Cape province, South Africa. With rhino horn going for $65,000 a kilo in Vietnam, a dead rhino is now worth more than an alive one.
Punpitak "Peter" Chunchom, trophy collecting in 2010. He often accompanied hunting parties while Chai monitored horn shipments.
One of the "hunters" who made the poaching scheme legal. South Africa is one of only two countries that allows people to hunt white rhinos for sport, with a license.
Chumlong "Chai" Lemtongthai, trophy hunting in 2010. Two years earlier, his colleagues had been arrested for possession of rhino horns.
Rhino horn retrieved from modern-day poaching schemes. From 1980 to 2007, 260 rhinos were killed for their horns. The number has continued to skyrocket, with 668 rhinos killed in 2012 alone.
Marnus Steyl, trophy collecting in 2010. Steyl shockingly walked free after ringleader Chai pled guilty and claimed that his colleagues knew nothing.
Chai, the ringleader, with his Hummer, 2010. He bought it from a dealer after hours, paying with money he'd won at a casino that same day.
Chai pleads guilty in 2012. Though he begged for mercy, the judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
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