What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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79 rhino poached in EC in past nine years | Algoa FM

79 rhino poached in EC in past nine years | Algoa FM | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Director of Compliance Enforcement at the so-called Green Scorpions, Div De Villiers, said that collaboration between different entities including South African Police Service and the Public have helped keep the numbers low in the province.

"This number would have been far higher had it not been for the dedicated men and women who have walked patrols, sat in observation posts, worked undercover within organised crime syndicates, analysed data, compiled dockets, effected arrests, prosecuted poachers, distributed information pamphlets, raised funds, translocated rhino and showed their support for one of Africa's iconic species," he said.

"The collective efforts of these heroic Eastern Cape people have ensured that rhino still walk in the grassland, savannah and bushveld of the province," De Villiers added.
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Botswana Budget Cuts Imperil Rhino Anti Poaching

Botswana Budget Cuts Imperil Rhino Anti Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Long known for its topnotch success in protecting its rhino population Botswana's budget cuts may change all that.
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Poacher’s paradise: The terrifying underworld behind rhino horn trade 

Poacher’s paradise: The terrifying underworld behind rhino horn trade  | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa, home to almost 80% of the rhino population on the African continent, is at the centre of the struggle against poaching. Over the past decade, over 6,000 rhino have fallen victim to poachers; about three a day. About 370 were poached in the first quarter of 2016 alone.
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Zimbabwe Plans to Dehorn Its 800 Rhinos to Thwart Poachers

Zimbabwe Plans to Dehorn Its 800 Rhinos to Thwart Poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Zimbabwe plans to dehorn its 800 rhinos to thwart poachers who illegally killed more than 5 percent of the population of the animals in neighboring South Africa last year.


South Africa has the world’s biggest rhino population with about 20,000 of the endangered animals and most of those are of the white variety. Zimbabwe predominantly has black rhinos, which are smaller and rarer as the World Wildlife Population estimates their global number in the wild at about 4,800. Both varieties are targeted for their horns, which some people in East Asia believe cure cancer and boost virility.

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Ahead of CITES South Africa conference rhino poaching continues unabated 

Ahead of CITES South Africa conference rhino poaching continues unabated  | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
September and South Africa’s hosting of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is fast approaching with warnings coming..
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Ranger fatally shot by poachers

Ranger fatally shot by poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

 Rhino poachers ambushed three rangers patrolling the Forever Resort in Bela Bela, Limpopo, killing one of them and a rhino.

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GoPro films behind the scenes of a black rhino

(KUTV) Many people wish for an up close look at animals' lives but with this you can see the world from the rhino's point of view.Care for Wild Africa is an organization that houses the largest rhino sanctuary and provides rhinos like young Thor a home.T
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African rhino rescue drive: The great mission to move rhinos – a project of hope

African rhino rescue drive: The great mission to move rhinos – a project of hope | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
GoPro teamed up with the project and this has brought the supporters and donors closer to this rhino rescue operation. So often, caring donors cannot actively interact with the projects they support.
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Photo of Wildlife Reserve Worker Weeping Next to Poached Rhino Shows the Impact of Our Greed

Photo of Wildlife Reserve Worker Weeping Next to Poached Rhino Shows the Impact of Our Greed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Park rangers and wildlife protection workers are on the front lines of the fight against illegal wildlife poaching.
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South Africa mulls $2 billion rhino horn trade

South Africa mulls $2 billion rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa may push to end a global ban on the rhino trade. As Hayley Plattt reports, they want to turn the trade in horns into a lucrative legal business.
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Research Confirms Preference for Traditional Animal Medicinal Materials (TAMs) Derived from Wild Animals.

Research Confirms Preference for Traditional Animal Medicinal Materials (TAMs) Derived from Wild Animals. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
I have long said that the pro-rhino-horn-trade proponents have no understanding of the current demand or users; I have not once seen any form of customer analysis, which I outlined in a previous blog post. Time and time again they have been asked to produce their user demand analysis and they haven’t; at least now they admit that they don’t understand the nature of the demand: http://rhinoalive.thinkmob.modxcloud.com/rhino-horn-trade-faq (pro-trade website)and highlight their gobsmacking belief, I quote from their website ‘The best way to learn about the market is to engage it via legal trade.’ Wow, what can you say to that ridiculous statement!...
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The Sad 100 Mark Has Been Reached! - OSCAP

The Sad 100 Mark Has Been Reached! - OSCAP | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

2012 RHINO POACHING STATS - 100.

 

By Allison Thomson, Ayesha Copeland Cantor and 3 others in WAR - Warriors for African Rhino ·

 

Provided by OSCAP www.facebook.com/groups/oscap/

 

 

(100)06 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Pilansberg NP - shot approx 5 days ago & not dehorned (99) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Ohrigstad (pregnant cow) (98) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP (97) 06 March 2012 : 2 Rhino Crocodile River Bridge area (95) 05 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino - 3 day old carcass Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilansberg (94) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Origstad - shot horns not removed (93) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino carcass found in Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP (92) 02 March 2012 : 3 rhino's KNP N'Wanetsi area (89) 02 March 2012 : 2 white rhino carcasses found 1 week old Vryburg North West (87) 01 March 2012 : 2 rhino's Malalane at John Hume's game reserve (85) 29 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Kariega, (2 dehorned but still alive) (84) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found Mopani area near Letaba KNP (82) 28 FEbruary 2012 : 3 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP (79) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP (77) 25 February 2012 : 1 Rhino carcas found near Crocodile Bridge area, KNP (76) 23 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino, Assen, NW (75) 22 February 2012 : 5 Rhino carcasses - KNP (some of the carcasses are at least 1 month) (70) 20 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, KZN (69) 19 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Mpofini lodge Vryheid (67) 17 February 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP - awaiting confirmation of location (65) 17 Feburary 2012 : 1 White Rhino Borakolalo Game Reserve (had to be put down) (65) 15 February 2012 : 1 White rhino (1 month old carcass), Pilanesberg,NP (64) 15 February 2012 : 2 carcass found Manyeleti, KNP (62) 14 February 2012 : 8 carcasses found KNP (54) 13 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Chicks Game Lodge Hluhluwe (52) 12 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe White Rhino Bull both horns taken (51) 10 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe white bull (50) 09 February 2012 : 3 Letsitele, Limpopo - Pregnant mother and calf + unborn baby added (47) 08 Februrary 2012: 1 Ndumo (46) 08 February 2012 : 2 iMfolozi (44) 07 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino Bull - Hoedspruit - private reserve (43) 06 February 2012 : 1 Rhino bull Thabazimbi-Rooiberg area (42) 06 February 2012 : 1 Carcass found KNP (poached Sat probably) - North of Letaba (41) 06 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe - Black Rhino (40) 26 January 2012 : 2 Limpopo Province - Waterberg area (38) 26 January 2012 : 2 North West Province (to be confirmed) (36) 19 January 2012 : 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown (35) 16 January 2912 : 3 White Rhino Rooiberg area (32) 16 January 2012 : 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous - Farm Bergsig (31) 15 January 2012 : 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass (29) 13 January 2012 : 4 KNP - Pretoriuskop area (25) 11 January 2012 : 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg (20) 11 January 2012 : 3 Rhino - KNP (17) 09 January 2012 : 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi (14) 09/10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge + 1 other area to be confirmed) (5) 04 January 2012 : 4 KNP Satara area (1) 04 January 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo

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eReport: RHINO HORN - The Legalization Debate

Chris Mercer discusses the issues involved to legalise the trading of rhino horn. It has been held up as a means to save the rhino from poachers.

 

Read his report. What do you think?

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Taking care of the rhino war's smallest victims - the rhino calves

Taking care of the rhino war's smallest victims - the rhino calves | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino calves are slaughtered for the tiny stump on their head or left to die after their mothers are brutally killed.
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ANALYSIS: Lies, damned lies and rhino statistics

ANALYSIS: Lies, damned lies and rhino statistics | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A 10% fall in poaching last year is not the good news it appears to be — especially considering SA plans to resume its horn trade, writes Tony Carnie
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Nice Shot! The World's Largest Rhino Farm

Nice Shot! The World's Largest Rhino Farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
These rhinos, bred for their horns, are “not meant to be in this situation,” says photographer Brent Stirton.
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Iconic Rietvlei rhino dies

Iconic Rietvlei rhino dies | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

She died of natural causes. Many visitors and photographers visited the reserve just to see her. 

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Tipping Point: Transnational organised crime and the 'war' on poaching

More than six thousand rhinos have fallen to poachers’ bullets in Africa over the past decade. Driven by insatiable demand in Southeast Asia and China
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Visit to Rietvlei Nature Reserve Before the Rhino Poaching

Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Water Buffalo, Ostrich and even Rhino grace the grasslands here. At least until recently! Sadly, the Rhino were brutally killed for their horn!l

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SA's dogfight to save rhino

SA's dogfight to save rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

At the secret training camp called Battle Creek in the African bush - two hours from Johannesburg - men are training animals to hunt other men who kill animals.

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South Africa rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction after horrific poacher attack

South Africa rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction after horrific poacher attack | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers hacked off South African rhino's horns, part of her face a year ago
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Swaziland accuses SA of backtracking on rhino horn trade

Swaziland accuses SA of backtracking on rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Swaziland conservation authorities have accused South Africa of reneging on an agreement to propose the legalization of rhino horn trade.
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President Kenyatta to torch ivory, rhino horns in April

President Uhuru Kenyatta will in April lead global actors in setting ablaze 120 tonnes of ivory and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn to step up the fight against poaching.

This comes a day after President Kenyatta visited Nairobi National Park to review plans for 29th and 30th April event, where he will host the inaugural Giants’ Club Summit, bringing together several African Heads of State, Hollywood actors and global conservationists.
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CNN: What we can do about the poaching crisis

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Cousteau says we can:

1) Get the leaders of our nations to demand putting a stop to the poaching that is creating economic instability and national security risks

2) Be more aware of the products we purchase to make sure they do not contain illegal wildlife body parts

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Suspected Rhino Poachers Shot

One suspected rhino poacher has been shot dead, two others have been wounded and another arrested in a shootout with SAN Parks rangers at the Kruger National Park. Park rangers noticed four men crossing a river at the Kruger Park and ordered them to stop. The men allegedly shot at the rangers who then returned fire.

 

One suspected poacher died at the scene and two others sustained gunshot wounds. One was wounded in the leg and arm, and another was wounded in the arm and abdomen. The fourth suspected poacher has been arrested. One rifle and several knives used to hack off rhino horns have been confiscated.

 

The wounded men are to be transported to hospital, while the arrested suspected poacher is going to assist police arrest at least one more suspect. The arrested man has already admitted to the killing of three rhinos that were killed in the park last week.

 

The surviving poachers will be facing charges of rhino poaching, and shooting at the rangers

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