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More than 100 respond to government call to register rhino initiatives

More than 100 respond to government call to register rhino initiatives | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

The department made a public call for the registration of all rhino-related funders so that it could create a national database, it said in a statement.

 

This would help monitor fund raising operations, activities and use of the funds raised.

 

"The initiative is one of numerous steps being taken to rid the sector of illegitimate and ill-intended operations and ensure greater legitimacy of organisations and individuals involved in projects aimed at addressing the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa.

 

"The establishment of a national database, and a credible national financing mechanism for rhino anti-poaching, were agreed to by government and rhino stakeholders during a public engagement in July 2013," the department said.

 

NGOs, NPOs, businesses and individuals involved had until September 30 to register.

 

The department said it was also planning on establishing a national rhino fund in consultation with National Treasury and other role players. The fund would support interventions in rhino poaching.

 

"The national rhino fund will result in the consolidation of all funding requirements and ensure that funding is distributed successfully to state-and privately-owned rhino anti-poaching initiatives, including conservation, safety and security, skills development and research," it said.

 

Since January 746 rhino have been poached in the country and 228 people arrested.


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:12 PM

Okay, the South African government who is struggling to rally an effective strategy to stop the rhino, now wants to manage the funds from private initiatives, NPO's, NGO's and activist groups?

How's that going to work?

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South Africa: 746 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2013

South Africa: 746 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2013 | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 11 October 2013):   

Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 450 rhinos poachedMarakele National Park (SANParks) - 2 rhinos poachedGauteng - 4 rhinos poachedLimpopo - 80 rhinos poachedMpumalanga - 63 rhinos poachedNorth-West Province - 75 rhinos poachedEastern Cape - 2 rhinos poachedFree State - 0 rhino poachedKwaZulu Natal - 70 rhinos poachedWestern Cape - 0 rhino poachedNorthern Cape - 0 rhino poached 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.


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Rhino Trophy Alternative

Rhino Trophy Alternative | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
the perfect combination of puzzle, gift + sculpture… bring the safari home with this cardboard mounted trophy rhino, no trip to africa n

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:45 PM

For those who must put a dead rhino head on their wall here's a cheap and nobody-dies alternative.

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Rangers learn new tricks to win fight against rhino poaching

Rangers learn new tricks to win fight against rhino poaching | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Madikwe Game Reserve used to be the most poached placed outside of Kruger. But the rangers have learnt how to fight back - and word has spread.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 15, 2013 12:59 PM

We like to hear good news like this.

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Kenya Will Outfit Rhinos With Microchips In Attempt To Curb Poaching

Kenya Will Outfit Rhinos With Microchips In Attempt To Curb Poaching | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Kenyan rhinos are about to get a high-tech upgrade. As part of an ongoing effort to curb poaching, authorities in Kenya plan to outfit every rhino in the country with a trackable microchip.

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Auckland: Rhino horns sold for $800k

Auckland: Rhino horns sold for $800k | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
A rare carved pair of antique rhinoceros horns has sold for five times the estimated price after a heated bidding war at an auction in Auckland.

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Hume, rhino owner, claims law favours poachers

Hume, rhino owner, claims law favours poachers | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Multimillionaire John Hume believes the law is stacked against rhino owners, who, he says, sometimes have to risk their lives to protect their property.

 

Hume's son, Richard, appeared in the Malelane Magistrate's Court, in Mpumalanga, yesterday charged with attempted murder after shooting an alleged poacher on the Mauricedale game reserve, which the family owns, on September 24.

 

Hume, the biggest private rhino owner in South Africa, said that his son came across five men on the farm who had poached a warthog and a nyala on the reserve .

 

He shot at them and, though the circumstances of the shooting are still to be verified in court, one of the men - 28-year-old Sabelo Maphungla - was hit in the back of the head....


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:09 PM

Your thoughts... does Hume (even if you are anti rhino horn trade like me) have a point here?

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Turning tables on poisoning poachers

Turning tables on poisoning poachers | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Two can play the poisoning game - poachers poison animals to get their hands on horn or ivory but now poisons are being used in the fight back by conservationists.

On the Plumari Game Reserve, in the Magaliesberg, 45 minutes northwest of Johannesburg, the six surviving rhino were yesterday darted with a sedative and their horns infused with poison.....

 

Lorinda Hern, co-founder of the Rhino Rescue Project, said more than 200 rhino horns had been poisoned in this way in South Africa.

 

"If someone were to inhale too many of these compounds [injected into the horn], ingest them or handle large quantities of horn, they would start to [experience] nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and perhaps nerve damage," she said.

 

If a large amount of horn were consumed it could prove lethal....

 

 

 


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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, October 27, 2013 1:57 AM

If this is the only way then so be it! Poachers don't have limits and just kill, kill and kill till there is nothing more to kill! So we as caring people have to do what needs to be done! Well Done, Plumari Game Reserve! Enough is NOW enough!

Greer Noble's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:04 PM

An eye for an eye.. well why not, after all they have been warned!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:00 AM

Rhino horn poisoning and the effects

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POT-SHOT - Bewaring/Conservation - Renamo Poaching Rhino For War Chest -

In recent conversations with rhino conservation stakeholders Pot-Shot has learnt that there are increasing indications that the Mozambican opposition movement Renamo is actively involved in rhino poaching as a means of funding their organization. The recent incidents of violence in the Gorongosa region has raised fears that Renamo may be considering a wider scale resumption of hostilities since it declared an end to the 1992 Peace Agreement a week ago following a government attack on a Renamo base in central Mozambique. Renamo was one of the two belligerent parties in the devastating Mozambican civil war that raged from 1975 until 1992 and left approximately a million people dead....


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Sale of horn stockpile will feed the corrupt

Sale of horn stockpile will feed the corrupt | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Why should we pander to the Chinese and Vietnamese? Haven't they done enough damage?

We should not let them buy a single horn. They should be punished for the near demise of the rhino, not rewarded. We are perpetuating their pathetic myth.

 

With their voracious appetite for the horns, when they have chopped through the stockpile, they will continue their slaughter.

Drastic measures need to be taken....

 

http://www.timeslive.co.za/ilive/2013/07/08/sale-of-horn-stockpile-will-feed-the-corrupt-ilive


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Limpopo poacher on the run with rhino horns

Limpopo poacher on the run with rhino horns | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Police in Musina, Limpopo, were on Monday searching for an alleged poacher who escaped when four others were arrested.

"One of the suspects, also a Mozambican national, fled the scene with rhino horns and police are hot on his heels," spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

 

They were arrested on Friday night at the Maremani Nature Conservancy.

Three of the four were South Africans and two of them, Shumani Phaswana, 47, and Wilson Mavhungu, 38, were out on R1500 bail each after they were arrested for the same offence.... 


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Hanoi Connection, The Rhino Horn Mafia - a film by Karl Ammann, 2013

Documentary about the illegale rhino horn trading from Africa to Southeast Asia - and who is behind. Editing for Karl Ammann, March 2013 (http://www.karlamma...

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:12 PM

This documentary addresses the illegal rhino horn trade network and this story is important to be told, however, it misses the mark when legalizing the horn trade is offered as a solution to end the poaching.

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KWS Officers Killed By Poachers At Ambush In Tana River County

KWS Officers Killed By Poachers At Ambush In Tana River County | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Two Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have been killed in two separate gunfights with suspected poachers while responding to a poaching incident in Kipini Conservancy in Tana River County....


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New reality TV series follows the heroic rangers who fight rhino ...

New reality TV series follows the heroic rangers who fight rhino ... | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera English's 'Wildlife Warzone" series is airing next month.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 11, 2013 6:13 PM

Have asked if and when this might be available in the US.

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Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino

Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

The current plight of Africa’s rhino population, as disturbing as it is, pales in comparison to a much less widely reported wildlife crisis of considerably more staggering proportions – the loss of hundreds of thousands of elephants.

 

In 1980 there were in the region of 1,2-million elephants in Africa spread across some 37 range states. In 33 years that figure has been reduced to an estimated 420,000 animals. That’s 780,000 elephants lost to the world. Some of this loss can be attributed to reduction of habitat due to human expansion, but the main reason is ivory poaching, and when it comes to ivory, the market is driven by one country - China....


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Susan Sharma's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:46 AM

Technology can leapfrog and stop poachers.

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Wildlife groups under fire after rhino report ‘misunderstandings'

Wildlife groups under fire after rhino report ‘misunderstandings' | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

VietNamNet Bridge – One of Viet Nam's leading conservationists has
blamed the study "Rhino horn consumers, who are they?...

 

At a Ha Noi meeting held last Friday, Do Quang Tung, Director of the Viet Nam Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management Authority, said the report contained inexact information causing serious misconceptions about Vietnamese agencies' efforts to reduce rhino horn consumption and worsening Viet Nam's global image.

 

After the report's release, international newspapers featured dozens of articles reporting that 16 per cent of Vietnamese wanted to buy or consume rhino horn if they could, sparking a wave of international anger against Viet Nam.

 

Tung added that the study only surveyed 720 individuals in Ha Noi and HCM City, but concluded that "demand for rhino as a luxury purchase by upper-middle class citizens in Viet Nam, including professional businessmen, celebrities and Government officials, has been identified as the strongest driver of the current rhino poaching crisis."...


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Suspected rhino poachers in police custody

Five suspected rhino poachers have remained under police custody, after a second court appearance this morning, at Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court near Zeerust in the North West.

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Poaching unit ready for ‘full-out war’

Poaching unit ready for ‘full-out war’ | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - Just metres away, five armed men have their sights trained on you – but you can’t see them, and it’s broad daylight and open veld.

 

Suddenly, their commander orders them to rise, and what was grass just seconds earlier reveals the team with their backpacks and rifles.

 

The Counter Poaching Unit (CPU) at the Madikwe Game Reserve have undergone special training to take the fight to the poachers, at a time when the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs show that 746 rhinos have been poached this year.


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Photo of the Day: Charging Rhino in Mid Flight

Photo of the Day: Charging Rhino in Mid Flight | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
It can be incredibly scary to be on the approaching end of an angry animal, especially when said animal is a rhino, which is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.

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Cops nab first women linked to rhino poaching

Cops nab first women linked to rhino poaching | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Investigators have uncovered an alleged rhino poaching conspiracy involving two women, a high-powered rifle - and a hired gunman.

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Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn

Infographic: The journey of a rhino horn | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Trade in rhino horn is banned, but the increasing demand has made it a very lucrative business on the black market.

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Fears for African rhino in China rainforest

Fears for African rhino in China rainforest | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

In a tropical Chinese rainforest, seven savannah-dwelling African rhinos are said to be awaiting release into the wild, raising fears for their welfare in a country with a booming rhino horn trade.

The animals arrived with a blaze of publicity in March at the vast Pu'er National Forest Park in the humid hills of Yunnan province in southwest China, with television images showing cranes lowering the huge beasts into paddocks.

 

But critics say African rhinos – more than 150 of which have been transported to China in recent years – will struggle to survive in the forest environment, raising doubts about the project's true purpose.

 

"The rhinos can't be seen by the public, you can't visit them," animal keeper Qian Fuchun told AFP in one of the park's offices.

 

His employer, the Mekong Group, is turning the 23 800 hectares (58 000 acres) of untouched forest in the park, home to hundreds of species of rare birds and lizards, into a tourist destination.

 

In South Africa, visitors to game parks are not generally allowed out of their vehicles, while they must be accompanied by an armed ranger on game walks, stay downwind of rhinos and maintain their distance.

 

But sketches on Qian's office walls showed visitors strolling within yards of grey rhino, seen nestled beneath trees in what was billed as a ‘rhino scenic zone’....

 

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/06/08/fears-for-african-rhino-in-china-rainforest


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:12 PM

Prime example of rhino and other wildlife being bred and raised without considering their needs and only the money they can bring in... sad situation.

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Irish man faces extradition for alleged rhino horn theft

Irish man faces extradition for alleged rhino horn theft | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

A Limerick man will find out today if he is going to be sent to Austria where he is accused of stealing valuable rhino horns. John Quilligan of Roches Road in Rathkeale was arrested in Dublin on foot of a European arrest warrant. With 1 kilo of a mature rhino horn fetching around €50,000 on the black market the trade is now considered more lucrative than the drug trade. 31-year-old Quilligan is accused of stealing €300,000 worth of rhino horn from a museum and an antique dealer in Vienna....


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Corinne's - Wildlife Matters's comment, July 11, 2013 8:56 PM
Hope they throw the book at him.....
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Yup!
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Corruption among senior officials escalates rhino poaching

Corruption among senior officials escalates rhino poaching | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Corruption among senior officials plays a significant role in perpetuating the poaching of rhino in SA, a conservation organisation has charged.

 

"We do believe corruption at the higher government levels continues to play a significant role in the ongoing escaltion of poaching. This also filters through to officials managing border posts and points of export (harbours, airports)," Kevin McCann project manager for the Wildlands Conservation Trust told News24...


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Rhino population will plummet unless poaching eradicated: report

Rhino population will plummet unless poaching eradicated: report | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

South Africa's rhino population will rapidly decline in the next three years if it is not protected and poaching is not eradicated, according to a report released.

At current poaching levels, rhino numbers would decline significantly by 2016, and possibly earlier in the Kruger National Park, said SA National Parks former CEO Mavuso Msimang, who headed the research.

 

At least 515 rhino had been killed in the country so far this year. A total of 668 rhino were killed in the country last year....

 

321 in the Kruger Park alone...

 

http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/07/24/rhino-population-will-plummet-unless-poaching-eradicated-report ;


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 25, 2013 9:12 AM

Horrible stats!

Hate to see what the numbers would be if there weren't dedicated rangers out there every day and night protecting rhino!

Thank you for putting your lives on the line