Andrew Parker's point about inertia in the conservation industry is exacerbated by the fatigue and frustration associated with academic debate.
Legalisation of international trade will not eliminate rhino poaching, but it will save a species, writes Andrew Parker.
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has thrown her weight behind controversial calls for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn.
Confronted by the evidence, the country rounds on those trying to force it to stop the trade.
South Africa has announced its opposition to a total ban on rhino trophy exports, saying it has beefed up hunt rules.
Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.
Chris Roper ponders the National Press Club's decision to make the rhino Newsmaker of the Year 2012, and what this says about the media.
A total of 102 rhino have been killed since the beginning of the year, says the department of environmental affairs.
As the number of rhino's poached for their horns in 2012 nears 500 in South Africa, another six have been killed in the North West province.
In an edited extract from his book Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer offers a glimpse into two sides of the complicated battle in the bush.