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Laid to rest: Soldiers died ‘protecting our heritage’

Laid to rest: Soldiers died ‘protecting our heritage’ | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Pretoria - Just more than a week after the memorial service for the 13 soldiers killed in the Central African Republic, the SANDF said farewell to five more of its men.

 

A memorial service was held at Waterkloof Air Force Base on Thursday for the five officers who died in a helicopter crash while on a scheduled aerial patrol in the Kruger Park as part of Operation Rhino.

 

The Augusta A109 light-utility helicopter crashed at about 7pm on Saturday, March 30, killing all five occupants....


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Rhino Rescue and Rehab Workshop Coming Up

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Join Karen Trendler and learn about rescuing baby rhinos on:

Feb 13-14 or May 15-16


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Auctioneer fined for rhino horns and elephant tusks

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Bruun Rasmussen fined 14,000 kroner for selling two horns and three tusks


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Kenya rhino killed despite tough new laws

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Amid a wave of rhino and elephant killings across the country, the shooting of the rhino in the heavily guarded Nairobi park --the headquarters of the government's Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)--illustrates how easily poachers are decimating the country's large animals. "Nairobi National Park is one of the best protected areas, so it is a really shocking thing for us," KWS spokesman Paul Udoto told AFP.


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 27, 9:21 AM

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We even lost a Rhino last week in the Knysna area! When will this STOP?????

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Komodo dragon dies at Indonesian 'death zoo'

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A three-year-old komodo dragon has died at an Indonesian zoo infamous for scores of animal deaths, zoo officials say.

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India: Crude bombs, cable snares used to poach wild animals

PONDA: Poachers are using crude bombs and cable snares to poach wild animals in forested areas and fringe areas of wildlife sanctuaries in the state, sources said.

The killing of a dog, which hit a crude bomb recently, has blown the lid off crude poaching methods. A few days back, a wild boar was trapped in a cable wire trap in Bordem, near Bicholim....


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Police seize more ivory in the Zambezi

POLICE in the Zambezi Region are investigating smuggling of cut ivory that was discovered on a bus on Sunday at Kongola village near the Kwando River.
Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu, who is the regional crime investigation coordinator, said the trophies were discovered in the luggage of an unknown passenger. 

Police say the passengers and the driver, remained tight-lipped after a series of interrogations and as a result they could not make any arrests.... 

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Nailing elephant poachers with radiation

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You rarely hear folks praise nuclear radiation these days, but Kevin Uno—a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University who has a bone to pick with ivory poachers—is doing just that. After World War II, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union started testing nuclear weapons, the atmospheric levels of an unstable isotope known as carbon 14 shot up dramatically, peaking in the mid-’60s, and then fell steadily in a pattern known as the “bomb curve.” Carbon 14 is the same isotope that has been used in carbon dating techniques for years, but with this bomb curve—linked to historical records—the ages of plants and animals that died within the last 60 or so years can now be estimated with greater accuracy. With poaching on the rise in recent years and criminals claiming that they’re selling ivory only from elephants hunted years ago, Uno hopes to use his bomb-curve dating technique to determine the real age of elephant tusks and catch the traffickers in the act. Here’s how he’ll do it....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:20 PM

A new idea to stop elephant poachers!

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British army joins fight against elephant and rhino poaching

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Paratroopers in Kenya to train local rangers who are battling against increasingly militarised poachers...

 

The British army is, for the first time in many years, taking a key role against the escalating illegal wildlife trade killing rhinos and elephants inAfrica.

 

A total of 25 paratroopers in Kenya are on rotation at the army's base in Nanyuki, 200km north of Nairobi, and will provide training to Kenyan rangers who are battling increasingly militarised poachers....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:24 PM

The British are coming! The British are coming!

Army to train Kenyan rangers to increase the ability to stave off elephant poachers.

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In a Message to Poachers, U.S. Will Destroy Its Ivory

Six tons of illegal elephant ivory that the government has been stockpiling for three decades will be crushed and used in antipoaching memorials, officials announced.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:02 PM

Looks like the "crush" is back on.

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Kenyan Attorney General Calls For Enactment Of New Wildlife Act

NAIROBI, Nov 7 (BERNAMA-NNN- KBC) -- Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai says the government plans to recruit 1,000 security officers as reinforcement for the newly formed anti-wildlife poaching elite unit.

Speaking at an environmental crime forum here Wednesday, Muigai also called on Kenya's Parliament to urgently enact the new Wildlife Act which will impose stiffer penalties against poachers.

Faced with a sharp rise in cases of elephant and rhino poaching, the Kenyan government formed an Elite Inter-Agency Anti-Poaching Unit composed of 121 officers to patrol the country's national parks and reserves.

The government's resolve to contain poaching appears as strong as ever with plans to further strengthen the elite unit underway.

Muigai, who was addressing an environmental crime forum at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters here, called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of wildlife crimes saying that more than 90 elephants have been reported killed this year alone.

Stakeholders in the fight against environmental crime called for co-ordinated efforts to deter such acts.

Environmental crime ranges from poaching, illegal trade on protected tree species and fishing among others.

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Orphaned Elephants Face Lifetime Of Negative Social Effects

Orphaned Elephants Face Lifetime Of Negative Social Effects | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

By Megan Gannon, LiveScience News Editor: Poaching and habitat loss may be putting elephants at risk of losing their culture — the learned behaviors that seem to be passed down from generation to generation, researchers say....

 

Poaching and habitat loss may be putting elephants at risk of losing their culture — the learned behaviors that seem to be passed down from generation to generation, researchers say. What's more, the trauma of separation and displacement may have lasting psychological impacts on the creatures resembling post-traumatic stress disorder in humans, according to a new study....


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The Heartbreaking Poaching Epidemic You Haven’t Heard of Yet

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Why pangolins are the new rhinos.

 

Pangolins are among the oddest and least-familiar animals on Earth. They’re mammals, but they're armor-plated. Their chief defensive posture is to tuck their heads under their tails and roll up, like a basketball crossed with an artichoke. (It works: Even lions generally can’t get a grip.) They have tongues that are not only coated with a sticky, fly paper–like substance but can also extend up to 16 inches to probe into nests and snag ants for dinner. They’re shy, nocturnal and live either high up trees or deep underground....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, November 9, 2013 4:49 PM

Didn't know these were mammals!

Pangolins are in real trouble.

Definitely a conservation site in Zimbabwe we need to stop by and visit.

Thanks for your work with these little guys Lisa.

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Rhino News: Poachers caught, illegal trade network, UN Resolution

Rhino News: Poachers caught, illegal trade network, UN Resolution | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Wildlife trafficking, poachers get caught, anti-poaching rangers, police doing their job. Journey of rhino horn from Africa to Asia, German makes UN demand.

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Rhino horn medicine or safari auction - what's the difference?

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Opinion: The auction of a permit to hunt an African black rhino for US$350,000 threatens the credibility of anti-wildlife trafficking efforts, says Fiona Gordon. - New Zealand Herald


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, January 20, 11:29 AM
Interesting perspective... "Whether you swig ground-up rhino horn or mount the rhino's entire head on a wall, both represent a show of wealth and status in different cultures. The question is which of these, if any, is more legitimate." Fiona Gordon
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Auctioneer fined for rhino horns and elephant tusks

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Bruun Rasmussen fined 14,000 kroner for selling two horns and three tusks


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Rhino horn consumption is socially unacceptable - YouTube

“Rhino horn consumption is socially unacceptable! A new public service announcement (PSA), which aims to increase negative social attitudes towards rhino horn...”


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Prince William, Poaching and Al-Shabaab

At the offices of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, a terrible hush descends when news filters through that poachers have slaughtered yet another rhino....

 

Lewa was a safe haven for the rhino, which had lost none between 1983 and 2009. Now 11 have been poached since the beginning of 2012.

 

The 26-year rapprochement ended with the slaughter of three rhino in 2010 and 2011, and the aim to save and increase Lewa's herd of 62 white and 60 black rhino (which is listed by the World Wildlife Fund as critically endangered) was placed under threat.

 

There are less than 5,000 left in the whole of Kenya and worldwide, one rhino is poached every 11 hours....

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-beck/prince-william-poaching-a_b_4181422.html


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Here come the cavalry – Protecting Chad’s elephants

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Horses are an essential part of effective law enforcement and anti-poaching tactics at Zakouma National Park in the Republic of Chad. Since African Parks took over the management of the park in 2010, horse management has undergone significant improvements in terms of horse care, equipment training and guard horsemanship - and continues to do so. Stables, a riding arena, a lunging ring and two camps for the stallions when they are off-duty have also been set up....


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[The China Africa Project] How to Understand Chinese-related Environmental Problems in Africa - 中南对话

[The China Africa Project] How to Understand Chinese-related Environmental Problems in Africa - 中南对话 | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
 By Hongxiang Huang Rhino horn, ivory, shark fin, lion bone, abalone, pangolin, turtle, timber… You could make a really long list about the Chinese-related environmental problems in Africa. Why?

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Orphan Elephants Lack Social Knowledge Key for Survival

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Social trauma early in an elephant's life can have major effects on development, such as persistent fear, hyper-aggression, and infant abandonment.

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2014 Wildlife Conservation Trip to Africa | Nikela: Stop the Rhino Poachers - Don't buy wildlife products

2014 Wildlife Conservation Trip to Africa | Nikela: Stop the Rhino Poachers - Don't buy wildlife products | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Paying their own way Margrit and Russ Harris plan their second Wildlife Conservation tour for Nikela.

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UK: North Devon first in line for anti-poaching crack down

UK: North Devon first in line for anti-poaching crack down | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

A bid to crack down on poaching will begin in Devon today.
Project Trespass, which brings together police and wildlife crime groups, will hold a meeting in Lynton.


It aims to assure landowners and obtain their help tracking down poachers, especially in the light of the recent discovery of 11 stag heads at a layby near South Molton.

Read more: http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/North-Devon-line-anti-poaching-crack/story-20048600-detail/story.html#ixzz2k6hybpJB


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Vietnamese pleads guilty to possession of 8 rhino horns

Vietnamese pleads guilty to possession of 8 rhino horns | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
A police sting operation last May resulted in the discovery of 8 rhino horns in a Vietnamese home in the Centurion region of Pretoria.

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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...


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Does Insatiable Demand for African Rhino Horn Spell Extinction?

By September 30, 2013 seven hundred and four South African rhinos were poached, eclipsing 2012s record of 688. My colleagues now predict that over 1,000 majestic rhinos will be butchered for their horns next year (2014). At this crazed rate: Rhinos will be extinct by 2022.

 

Over the past 113 years the human population has soared from 1.6 to 7.1 billion. Rhinonumbers, on the other hand, have plummeted from 500,000 to 29,000, a 95 percent decrease. And worse, since 2007 poaching rhinos have increased by 5,000 percent.

 

These creatures are doomed....

 

There is no time left to dither - extinction means forever!

 

 


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:11 AM

We can and are doing something to save rhino.

UAVs are proving effective... just need more of them.

We're helping Peter Milton and the SPOTS team 

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