Six rhinos have been killed in the last one week in spite of new anti-poaching laws that stipulate hefty fines or life imprisonment for offenders. One more rhino was wounded by poachers and is fighting for its life at Ol Pejeta ranch in Laikipia.
A Texan sings out against rhino trophy hunting. Written and performed by Dave Wilcoxson ...copyright 2014...David is a prolific songwriter and performer with his wife formed the band The Penguins...They pe...
South Africa has lost 146 Rhinos to poachers between 1 January and 26 February this year, equalling 2,6 animals per day. This is substantially more than 7 years ago, when 13 Rhinos were illegally killed in the course of the entire year.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Horrible situation for tourists to face not to mention the poor rhino....
This weekend tourists visiting the Kruger National Park spotted a rhino with its horn hacked off, after which they alerted the authorities. A helicopter and Rangers were dispatched to locate the animal. The animal had not been found on Sunday.
A MAN has been jailed for 16 months after stealing a precious rhino horn from a Newark antiques dealer. Daniel O'Brien, 43, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court for the robbery of the horn, which...
Anaheim, California (NAPSI) - Inspired by the rescue of an animated rhinoceros who was all but extinct, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment contacted the International Rhino Foundation to obtain rhinoceros facts and help spread awareness about the growing concerns surrounding the survival of rhinos around the globe.
The Disney Animation Research Library researchers made an astonishing discovery while transferring old drawings into their new digital files: a key character developed by Walt Disney himself, who was almost lost to obscurity when he was deleted from the final version of “The Jungle Book.” The rhinoceros is named Rocky and he has not only been saved from extinction, but will be available for everyone to enjoy for generations to come because he stars in his own featurette, “The Lost Character: Rocky the Rhino,” included with this year’s Diamond Edition of “The Jungle Book,” which is available for the first time ever on Blu-ray and Digital....
Wildlife conservation could use more acts of such generosity!
Good Guys Netherlands & Sweden
Now that's generosity! The Dutch Postcode Lottery and the Swedish Postcode Lottery together gave 232 million rands to the Peace Parks Foundation of South Africa to fight rhino poaching in the region. If you convert it to US dollars, that's over 21 million! Peace Parks wants to create a network of protected areas that links ecosystems across international borders....
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.
'Those who oppose the legalisation of trade in rhino horn as the panacea for the continent's rhino poaching crisis have long cautioned against the use of simplistic economic modelling as a basis to justify this stance,' Ian Michler, a specialist wilderness guide, writes in the Cape Times. 'Now, in the first of what is likely to be many more convincing critiques, a report that raises considerable doubt over the approaches used by pro-trade economists and consultants has been published,' he notes. 'Compiled by Economists at Large (EcoLarge) and released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the report sounds a clear and persuasive warning against pro-trade policies as a way of reducing poaching pressures on rhino,' says Michler. 'After reviewing a selection of literature on wildlife trade in general and the economics of trade in rhino horn in particular, the report highlights the risks involved in legalising the trade,' he explains, noting that it concludes that, 'economic logic does not suggest that a legal trade in rhino horn would necessarily reduce poaching of rhino in Africa. Under certain conditions this may occur, but there is little empirical evidence cited in these papers to suggest that these conditions are currently in place'. 'This report highlights the uncertainty and risk involved with the current economic modelling underpinning the legalisation lobby,' says Michler, concluding that: 'with the extinction of rhino at stake, it is difficult to see how the global regulatory authorities would be able to allow changes to the current no-trade policies'.
The South African government has released a new report documenting a record number of rhinoceros killings last year – evidence of a fast-growing poaching wave that threatens the very existence of an already rapidly disappearing animal.
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
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
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