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Poachers kill four rhinos in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

AFRICA’S RHINOS ARE FACING THE WORST POACHING
CRISIS IN DECADES WITH THE MOST SERIOUS POACHING
UPSURGES IN SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE AND KENYA
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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Poachers have killed four rhinos in the past week in a wildlife park in northern Kenya, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts in the East African nation.

 

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said the four rhinos were slaughtered by poachers, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals, in a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals.

 

"These incidents serve as a contract reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos," said Mike Watson, Lewa’s CEO in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimizing the risk posed to the remaining rhino population," Watson said....


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Despite Protection Efforts, Rhino Poaching Soars : NPR

Despite Protection Efforts, Rhino Poaching Soars : NPR | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Nearly 600 rhinos have been killed this year despite extensive efforts by South Africa and other African nations to protect the animal.
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Rare rhino struggles to survive after poachers take horn | The Star

Rare rhino struggles to survive after poachers take horn | The Star | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, Indian veterinarians were still struggling to save the life of a rare rhinoceros that was shot and had its horn cut off after it wandered out of a flooded national park.


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The elephant with no trunk

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Funding is required for the Gache Gache Environmental Protection Services on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, to continue and expand its operations.

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Addo Elephant National Park - Eastern Cape | Facebook

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Infographics | Infographic Design - Rhino Car Hire - Saving Money ...

Infographics | Infographic Design - Rhino Car Hire - Saving Money ... | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
We designed the infographic to reflect the fun of holidays and communicate the useful ways you can use to save money on car hire.
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Appeal - Save the Rhino 2012 : David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Appeal - Save the Rhino 2012 : David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

In the last ten years there has been a catastrophic rise in rhino poaching - up by 7400%. Please help us to protect critical rhino populations in... (RT @TheDSWF: 600 rhino killed for their horn in SA this year.


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Wildlife Trafficking puts humans and animals at risk

Wildlife Trafficking puts humans and animals at risk | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
World Wildlife Conservation Day marks an increase in wildlife trafficking raising health and security concerns. The U.S. State Department has initiated a pledge to raise awareness of the issue.

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Wildlife Extra News - Lions in danger – 75 percent of lion habitat has disappeared

Wildlife Extra News - Lions in danger – 75 percent of lion habitat has disappeared | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
A new study has confirmed that lions are rapidly and literally losing ground across Africa's once-thriving savannahs due to burgeoning human population growth and subsequent, massive land-use conversion.Representing the most comprehensive assessment...

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Laos ‘extremely vulnerable’ to trafficking by organized crime groups – UN official

Laos ‘extremely vulnerable’ to trafficking by organized crime groups – UN official | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Due to its unique position in the Greater Mekong region and its shared borders with five countries, Laos is “extremely vulnerable” to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by organized crime groups, a senior United Nations...

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Reducing China’s wildlife trade

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China is one of the world’s largest consumers of wildlife products, from elephant ivory to shark fin, from rhino horn to pangolin scale.

 

Since IFAW established a Beijing office in 1997, we have committed to reducing demand in China for wildlife products. Our Chinese leadership and staff provide essential insight into Chinese society that results in locally relevant, effective initiatives to reduce consumption and trade of wildlife products both online and offline....


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Trafficking in Tragedy: The Toll of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Trafficking in Tragedy: The Toll of Illegal Wildlife Trade | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Rhinos, tigers and elephants are being slaughtered in record numbers to fuel the growing illegal wildlife trade.

 

What does this mean for the animals, the environment and us?

 

Read the article:

http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/publication/2012/11/20121116138811.html#axzz2DrrMm2RL ;


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Kenya: Urgent Action Needed to Curb Poaching

Kenya: Urgent Action Needed to Curb Poaching | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
The Kenya Wildlife Services has raised the alarm over fall in the number of Elephants and grevy Zebra in the larger Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit complex in the last three years.

The elephant population had reduced from 7,415 in the 2008 census to 6,361 in the 2012 census while that of Grevy's zebra had gone down from 2,400 in 2008 to 1,870 in 2012...

 

Quote of the day: "I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet." -- Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela on December 3, 2006

 

WildlifeMargrit:

Sadly, although the trophy hunters and consumers of North America are a threat to Africa's widlife... the exploitation via organized crime steming from Asia appears a much larger threat.


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Infographic: Poaching increases with demand for ivory from elephant tusks

Infographic: Poaching increases with demand for ivory from elephant tusks | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants and rhinos are still being killed as poaching increases. Metro examines this underground trade.
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Killing for profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade

Killing for profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin.
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Long live the Kings of Addo | Year in the Wild

Long live the Kings of Addo | Year in the Wild | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
RT @YearInTheWild: My blog from a recent trip to Addo Elephant National Park - some close encounters with earth's largest land...

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Timeline Photos | Facebook

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Long live the Kings of Addo | Year in the Wild

Long live the Kings of Addo | Year in the Wild | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
RT @YearInTheWild: My blog from a recent trip to Addo Elephant National Park - some close encounters with earth's largest land...

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Camel Escapes Circus, Runs Amok Through Streets Of Glendale ...

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... it was a runaway circus camel. KCAL-TV reports that a camel escaped from Ramos Brothers Circus Friday and began galloping down Glendale Boulevard with handlers in hot pursuit. ...
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State Department Takes On Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Hillary Clinton aims to create an international coalition to stop illegal wildlife trafficking...

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, November 14, 2012 8:55 AM
So encouraged by Sec. Clinton getting involved
Caroline Mason's comment, December 2, 2012 10:18 AM
This will be launched on Wildlife Conservation Day on Tuesday 4th December. Am encouraging people to take an hour (12 noon to 1pm if poss) to send positive thoughts for all our endangered wildlife and its habitats, particularly the rhino and elephant - Rhino Reflection Day - but positive energy/thoughts only - we will win this struggle
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US Targets Traffickers as Rhino Horn Value Soars

US Targets Traffickers as Rhino Horn Value Soars | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Authorities move aggressively to protect world’s endangered rhino with stiff prison sentences, seizure of financial assets (US Targets Traffickers as Rhino Horn Value Soars http://t.co/k4DFmBIE...)...


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Big cat crisis: Africa's lions being crowded out by people

Big cat crisis: Africa's lions being crowded out by people | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it

Dec. 5, 2012 The Guardian: African lions are running out of room to roam and some local populations, especially in west Africa, are heading for extinction, a new study warns. especially in west Africa where only 500 lions remainBig cat crisis... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/05/big-cat-crisis-africa-lions

 

Africa's lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years, study finds - World News http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/04/15671643-africas-lion-population-plummets-by-two-thirds-in-50-years-study-finds?lite

 

Study: African lion population shrinks to 32,000 - The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-african-lion-population-shrinks-to-32000/2012/12/04/5a0d2360-3e43-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html


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Javan Rhino Conservation Partnership Unveils New Baby Rhino Footage

This video has been provided courtesy of Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK). http://www.ujungkulon.org/ A unique public-private partnership to conserve the hig...

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Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade

Betw 25k & 50k elephants killed in 2011 as China fuels 'White Gold' trade | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
Elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are being smuggled into China from Africa in growing numbers by transnational gangs in spite of law enforcement efforts, pointing to a need for greater public awareness to reduce demand for the prized items sought for their ornamental value or for traditional medicine, activists and officials say.

 

In October, a major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products valued at more than U.S. $3.4 million, and believed by animal welfare groups to have been taken from as many as 500 elephants.

 

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with offices in China, estimates that 25,000-50,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011, says IFAW Asia Regional Director Grace Ge Gabriel.

“Rhino poaching is also on the rise,” Gabriel said.

 

“South Africa has seen over 300 rhinos killed in 2010, 400 rhinos killed last year, and this year already 400 rhinos slaughtered by poachers.”...

 

African governments are working hard to reduce the traffic, but in many cases find themselves “outgunned” by the well-organized criminal gangs supplying the trade, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats.

 

“It’s clearly a bigger problem than many of us even a year or two ago had thought it was, in terms of volume, in terms of the number of animals killed, in terms of just the sheer amount of money that is made with illegal wildlife trafficking.”

 

“After the arms trade and the drug trade, this is the third most lucrative trade of illegal items around the world,” Hormats said.

To help reduce the trade, Hormats said, the United States assists in awareness and enforcement efforts with groups such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Wildlife Enforcement Network and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Asia’s Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST)....


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VIDEO: Elephant tusks pre-cut to discourage poachers

VIDEO: Elephant tusks pre-cut to discourage poachers | Rhino poaching | Scoop.it
African elephants are being slaughtered at such a rate that conservationists are taking desperate measures to try and save them.

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