Whilst nobody will say so publicly, for fear of repercussions, the suspicion is that ground rhino horn is leaving Africa in diplomatic bags, delegates heard at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Poaching was declared at the forum to be the greatest threat to Africa's tourism industry and branded poachers as Africa's Public Enemy number one.
"Poaching is a global problem needing a global solution, Lazaro Nyalandu, Tanzania's deputy minister for natural resources and tourism said in an address at conference.
It is estimated that Tanzania has an elephant population of 100 000 today, but this is cut by 30 a day by poachers.
"They are so sophisticated that we need a military response," said Nyalandu.
"If their activities are not stamped out, we will have lost all our elephants in 10-15 years."
Nyalandu wants to see Tanzania's neighbours taking a stand too, pressurising the countries where the poachers' clients live to stamp out the trade.
The value of ivory and rhino horn continues to rise rapidly, as does the demand for "wildlife products".
Across Africa, one elephant is being killed every 15 minutes for its tusks. This continued illegal trade will lead to the species' extinction by 2025. More....