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Four held for rhino poaching in Kruger

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Four men have been arrested for poaching rhino in the Kruger National Park, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday.


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Dr. Fowlds to highlight plight of African rhino in London

Dr. Fowlds to highlight plight of African rhino in London | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Join Dr William Fowlds on September 18th 2013 as he hosts an inspirational lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, London, highlighting the plight of the rhino and his mission to protect these iconic creatures of South Africa and to raise funds...

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End of poachers' safe haven - Times LIVE

End of poachers' safe haven - Times LIVE | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

The plan is to "trigger" cross-border operations to pursue and arrest Mozambicans who kill rhinos in the Kruger National Park. The plan also calls for the extradition to South Africa from Mozambique of criminals suspected of poaching. Up to 90% of poachers are from Mozambique, said General Johan Jooste, head of all anti-poaching operations at SANParks....


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Wild Boars Completely Extinct in South of Armenia Because of African Swine Fever

Wild Boars Completely Extinct in South of Armenia Because of African Swine Fever | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on 22 May worldwide. The UN General Assembly declared International Day for Biological Diversity on 20 December 2000. The loss of biodiversity in Armenia is huge and there are a lot of reasons for this such as loss of habitat for animals and plants, poaching, fire, natural disasters, diseases, mining and SHHP operation. For example, wild boars got completely extinct in Armenia several years ago because of African swine fever.


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From words to action – key organisations team up to stop the extinction crisis 

From words to action – key organisations team up to stop the extinction crisis  | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

With unprecedented species declines and more than 20,000 of the species assessed on The IUCN Red List threatened with extinction, IUCN and other organisations, including BirdLife International, come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent further species loss.


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Top 10 Endangered Animals

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The world is home to some truly awe-inspiring and beautiful creatures. Sadly however, some of these unique species are threatened by a number of forces such as loss of habitat, poaching and climate change.

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Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion?

Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion? | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Could this industry be a necessary evil to protect wild populations, asks Aletta Gardner.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 3, 2013 12:55 PM

Let your voice be heard by emailing mboshoff@environment.gov.za before June 15 when new TOPS regulations regarding canned lion hunts are being considered.

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SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling

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South African lion breeders are alleged to be part of an illegal network smuggling lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock their farms.

At least five South African lion farmers have been fingered in investigations in which lionesses are killed in Botswana and their cubs smuggled to lion farms in South Africa, where a multimillion rand industry caters to the international trophy-hunting market.

 

"I don't want to say lion breeders as a whole are involved but there are definitely five or six people that I know of," said conservationist Sarel van der Merwe, chairman of the African Lion Working Group.

 

About 700 lions are killed in trophy hunts in South Africa each year, with the average price for a lion hunt being R360000, said Adri Kitshoff of the Professional Hunters' Association of SA...

 

Continue reading... (it isn't pretty)

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:50 AM

This is why it is important to support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting.

Please consider doing so.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/campaign-against-canned-hunting?show_todos=true

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This is why we support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting

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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/campaign-against-canned-hunting?show_todos=true

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Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion?

Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion? | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Could this industry be a necessary evil to protect wild populations, asks Aletta Gardner.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 3, 2013 12:55 PM

Let your voice be heard by emailing mboshoff@environment.gov.za before June 15 when new TOPS regulations regarding canned lion hunts are being considered.

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Trophy hunting - Wikipedia

Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals. Although parts of the slain animal may be kept as a hunting trophy or memorial (usually the skin, antlers and/or head), the carcass itself is sometimes used as food.

Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents. Public debate about trophy hunting often centres on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.

Trophy hunting should not be confused with poaching, the practice of taking game illegally.

Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals...

 

Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents.

 

Public debate about trophy hunting often centres on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.


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Kelly Waetzig's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:25 PM
http://www.kwoutdoorequipment.com/hunting.html again thank you

I am a very big fan of trophy hunting and this article is very true.  I spent 20 years in the outfitting industry and know first hand what happens when things are not properly managed.  Quality can lead to quanity

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Kenya Wildlife Service interdicts 10 security officers for poaching

Kenya Wildlife Service has interdicted ten security officers on suspicion of being secret agents of poachers in Tsavo Conservation Area. Among those interdicted are an acting senior warden, a company commander, five platoon commanders and three rangers....

 

The incident brings to 13 the number of security personnel implicated in criminal activities in the region in the past year. Three security personnel among them two rangers and a prison warder were arrested for engaging in poaching activities recently....

 

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085106&story_title=kws-interdicts-10-over-poaching

 


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Murder of Wildlife Conservationist could have been prevented

Murder of Wildlife Conservationist could have been prevented | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

The day Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed was not the first time he had stared down the barrel of a gun. Since 2012, the poachers of Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast have become increasingly aggressive, according to local volunteers with Mora’s program.

 

Threats and violent conflicts between conservationists and turtle egg poachers stretch back decades in Costa Rica, where turtle eggs sell on the black market for about $1 each. The supposed aphrodisiacs are in high demand in rural town bars, allowing poachers to make fast money from raiding turtle nests, which can hold as many as 200 eggs....

 

http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Murdered-Costa-Rican-conservationist-had-been-chased-by-AK-47-wielding-poachers_Sunday-June-02-2013


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 3, 2013 7:49 PM

Hat off to you Vanessa, please don't give up on  the turtles.

Don't let the poachers and corrupt police win.

Jairo would want his program to save the turtle eggs to continue.

 

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Zimbabwe: Lions, buffaloes wreak havoc after poachers break fence

Buhera — Villagers in Buhera South under Chief Chamutsa have bemoaned massive killing of their livestock by lions escaping from Devuli Game Park, after the fence was vandalised by poachers.

 

Speaking to Standardcommunity last week Gunura Primary School head, Tenson Sibiya confirmed that scores of livestock had been devoured by lions in the past few months....


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Rhino Horns Seized In Largest European Bust Ever

Rhino Horns Seized In Largest European Bust Ever | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

(ENDANGERED SPECIES) With more than 500 rhinos poached this year alone, conservationists are growing increasingly concerned after the Czech Republic recently seized 24 illegal white rhino horns.


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VIDEO: 'Ntombi' the orphaned rhino calf playing in the veld

VIDEO: 'Ntombi' the orphaned rhino calf playing in the veld | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
This is why we fight the war against rhino poaching!

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:38 PM

This is a feel good video.

Our young volunteer wrote a story based loosely on the sad story of Ntombi's mother's death... seen through his eyes.

http://www.nikela.org/blog/poacher-attack-through-the-eyes-of-a-rhino-calf-2 ;

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Full Moon Villains and Heroes Race for South Africa’s Rhino and People

Full Moon Villains and Heroes Race for South Africa’s Rhino and People | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

The Full Moon is prime time for rhino poaching for the illegal wildlife trade by crime syndicates. It is also red alert time for the ‘good guys’.

 

Once wildlife and nature lovers looked forward to the rising of the full moon. It was a time for the best night viewing on game drives, from blinds and watch towers.

 

However, today the rising of the full moon heralds pain and death for rhino in the reserves of South Africa. This year to date 519 rhino have been brutally killed by poachers with 321 of these in the world famous Kruger National Park.

 

The Poacher’s Moon, as it has been dubbed, has both the heroes and the villains on high alert, both keen on keeping rhino (or getting) rhino in their sights....


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The tricky art of saving wild species

The tricky art of saving wild species | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Some estimates put the planet on a pace to lose half of all species by the end of the century, and accordingly, conservation efforts in the United States have moved far beyond not shooting animals. 

However it's not always clear if our new labors to save species are herculean or Sisyphean.


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Kenya getting tough on poachers, set to increase fines and jail time

Kenya getting tough on poachers, set to increase fines and jail time | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
The Kenyan parliament has approved emergency measures to tackle the on-going poaching crisis: last week Kenyan MPs approved legislation that should lead to higher penalties for paochers.

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'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter

'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
In South Africa, there has been a disturbing rise in the practice of breeding lions and tigers in captivity only for trophy-hunters to shoot them dead.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:04 PM

Farmed for Profit! 

Ripped from their mothers lion cubs are put on display for photos and petting

Once too large to make money like this they're offered up for canned trophy hunting

After the hunter has gotten the prized lionhead to hang on the wall the rest of the bodyparts may well end up in the wildlife crime network for an additional profit. 

Nothing is wasted!

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Dying to Be Free - Stop Canned Hunting

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY! First, I apologize for the poor video editing; I am a songwriter, but wanted some images to present the song with.This is a so...

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 14, 2013 1:32 PM

Beautifully moving song Anouschka... thank you.

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Federal Agencies Work Together to Bring Indictment of New Mexico Trophy Hunter

The Humane Society of the United States’ Chief Program and Policy Officer Michael Markarian released the following statement praising the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the federal indictment of Charles Kokesh, who is alleged to have violated the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act by selling two African elephant tusks and for making false accounts of wildlife related to that sale.

 

 “We commend the U.S. Department of Justice for filing criminal charges in this case, as well as the investigation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives working together to unravel the allegations in this case. Unfortunately, while trophy hunting is legal in many countries, the importation of sport-hunted trophies into the United States can serve to fuel an already unsustainable demand for ivory.

 

Bringing these cases to light and pursuing vigorous prosecutions should help to prevent the illegal sale of elephant tusks from becoming part of a much larger problem.”

 

According to the court documents, in 2006 Kokesh imported two African elephant tusks from Namibia into the United States legally as a hunting trophy. He then sold them for $8,100 in cash and firearms. Kokesh has been charged with three counts, one under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and two under the Lacey Act. Kokesh faces a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison for violations of the Lacey Act, and an additional $25,000 fine and up to six months in jail for the ESA violation.


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U.S. to Endangered Species Hunters: ‘Bring Your Trophies Right on In!’

U.S. to Endangered Species Hunters: ‘Bring Your Trophies Right on In!’ | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

New precedent set as U.S. grants permission for American hunter to import dead, endangered rhino from African safari....

 

The application states, "The applicant requests a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one male black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) taken from the wild in Namibia, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species."

 

Teresa Telecky, Director of the Wildlife Department at Humane Society International, finds this sort of language laughable. 

 

"I hear this argument all the time," she says. "The money trophy hunters leave in the country will improve the conservation of the species. But whenever we actually investigate how much money and where it's going, we just can't find evidence to verify this. "

 

"In fact, in this particular case, the $175,000 that this fellow left in Namibia in return for his rhino, is going into a general fund which is tapped for all sorts of things, including rural development, which might not be good for the species at all," she adds....

 

 


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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:59 AM

If you're in the USA and disagree with trophy hunting please pay attention...

 

Trophy hunters claim their money goes to wildlife conservation... read this and you'll see it doesn't really...

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SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wildlife trafficking funds warlords and criminals

Wildlife trafficking funds warlords and criminals | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
The growing slaughter of endangered tigers, elephants and rhinos by well-organized criminal syndicates is no longer just an environmental concern. It filters money into the hands of warlords, undermining global security.

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UNODC Transnational Organized Crime Report


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Kenya Wildlife Service interdicts 10 security officers for poaching

Kenya Wildlife Service has interdicted ten security officers on suspicion of being secret agents of poachers in Tsavo Conservation Area. Among those interdicted are an acting senior warden, a company commander, five platoon commanders and three rangers....

 

The incident brings to 13 the number of security personnel implicated in criminal activities in the region in the past year. Three security personnel among them two rangers and a prison warder were arrested for engaging in poaching activities recently....

 

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000085106&story_title=kws-interdicts-10-over-poaching

 


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