Two suspected rhino horn smugglers were arrested inside the Kruger National Park on Tuesday morning, the Hawks said. "[The Hawks] have arrested two suspects allegedly involved in the transportation of stolen vehicles across [the park], smuggling of rhino horns and explosives," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. A large sum of money was seized from the men, aged 36 and 39, who were thought to be part of a syndicate. Both men were out on bail for crimes in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. They would appear in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. -Sapa
Thandi, the rhino that survived an attack by poachers almost three years ago, has given birth to a calf, much to the delight of her caretakers at Kariega Game Reserve outside Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.
An undercover operation by the South African Police Service bared fruit on Friday when a police officer suspected of corrupt and criminal activities took the bait in the form of two rhino horn and was subsequently arrested near Ubombo in KwaZulu-Natal.
Official figures suggest this year will be the deadliest yet for rhinos, breaking the 2013 record of 1004 deaths from poaching. A new idea using space telescope technology could help rangers in their difficult fight against illegal hunters.
Three students from Cranfield University in the UK are drawing on high-resolution imaging technology originally developed for space telescopes, using it in an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, to help rangers in their battle against poachers....
The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) has launched an internal investigation after the Board was presented with a letter mid-December outlining possible collusion between some staff members and poachers who have killed at least 17 critically endangered Kunene black rhinos since late 2012. The crisis at the SRT is, however, just part of a larger one in anti-poaching law enforcement and natural resource management in the so-called ‘Big Three’ communal conservancies - Palmwag, Abenab and Sesfontein - in Namibia's southern Kunene. By JOHN GROBLER.
In the fourth episode of the second season of "VICE," Thomas Morton heads to Syria to take a look at the front line of the battle for a Kurdish state, and Vikram Gandhi traces the illicit rhino horn trade.
A record-number of rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014, but the creatures could soon be getting a new ally in their fight for survival – the European Space Agency (ESA)....
Students from Cranfield University in the UK are using high-resolution imaging technology originally developed by the ESA for use in space telescopes, mounting it to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and using it to help rangers in their efforts to protect African rhinos.
“Our proposal intends to develop lightweight and autonomous UAVs for observing in two main sectors: wildlife conservation, and search and rescue,” said Idriss Sisaid, who along with fellow students Enrique Garcia Bourne and Edward Anastassacos won the ESA Technology Transfer Program Office’s 2014 Space Solutions University (S2UN) Challenge.