By the end of January the man heading SANParks anti-poaching operations should know whether his men will be given the hot pursuit option into Mozambique when tracking suspected rhino poachers.
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa expects a memorandum of understanding between Mozambique and South Africa to be signed by then. This, she told a rhino poaching workshop in Skukuza, was to meet the deadline set by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for South Africa’s eastern neighbour and Vietnam to report on concrete legislative and other measures to curb rhino poaching....
33 rhino horns with about £1.5 million have been returned to South Africa together with a consignment of ivory. The horns and ivory were returned by the Hong Kong government to allow for further forensic investigation.
Four suspected rhino poachers have been killed and 17 arrested at the Kruger National Park this week, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Saturday.
The arrests were made at various parts of the park including Kingfisherspruit, Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie, Letaba, Mooiplaas and in adjacent areas along the Mozambican boundary, it said in a statement.
A total of 117 people have been arrested at the Kruger National Park this year. The park has lost 521 rhinos this year. -Sapa
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (Reuters) - New infantry-style tactics of concealment and ambush by armed park rangers are credited with turning the tide in the war against poachers of the endangered...
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - A 25-year-old Irish national pleaded guilty to buying and selling the horns of endangered rhinoceros in the United States. In its announcement of Michael Slattery Jr.'s arrest this past September, the Justice Department had described him as a member of The Rathkeale Rovers. Also known as Irish Travelers, Europol says this nomadic, tight-knit extended family group has been involved in an epidemic of raids on museums in Europe involving the theft of rhinoceros horns....
Most of the ivory and rhino horn taken from animals slaughtered by poachers is sold to people in China and other countries in East Asia.
The folks at WildAid are confident that, by convincing these people to stop buying such products, they will throw poachers off theirgame and thus save elephants and rhinos from being hunted to extinction.
To achieve this goal, the organization has launched a new green-oriented campaign by the name “Say No to Ivory and Rhino Horn.”...
ohannesburg - A Mozambican man has been jailed for six years by the Makhado Regional Court for attempted rhino poaching, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.
Musa Simango, 19, was sentenced on Monday, Colonel Ronel Otto said.
He was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition, and trespassing.
The 19-year-old Mozambican national and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Punda Maria area of the Kruger National Park in October. A shooting ensued. One man, Derrick Maluleke, 34, was killed. A third man escaped. - Sapa
A military-spec helicopter, the Gazelle, is the latest addition to South African National Parks' arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching.
SANParks said the Gazelle, which was unveiled at the Letaba shooting range on Thursday, would bring the advantages of a light attack helicopter to the aid of their anti-poaching operations. It has a maximum airspeed of 310km/h, a range of 670km and service ceiling of 5000 meters. The helicopter was donated by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation in association with Paramount, a leading African aerospace and defence group, and is part of an on-going capacity building partnership announced almost one year ago....
WASHINGTON: Deaths of rhinos by poaching are fast approaching a tipping point, with the number of endangered creatures killed annually nearly outnumbering births for the first time, international expe...
The Asset Forfeiture Unit has handed R8.1 million to SANParks's environmental crime investigation unit (ECIU), the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.
"The money will be solely directed by SANparks to enhance and support their ranger corps capabilities with much needed equipment, training and advanced technology for their counter-poaching operations," said spokesman Nathi Mncube.
The High Court in Pretoria found that the money came from the proceeds of illegal rhino poaching by an alleged syndicate leader, Joseph Nyalunga, Mncube said.
Nyalunga was also a former police official stationed at the Hazyview police station.
The cash was seized in December 2011 when Nyalunga and another alleged poacher, Conrad Nkuna ,were arrested while returning from Mpumalanga to Gauteng....
The money was found in their Range Rover when they were stopped and searched by police near Middelburg.
Flying in a helicopter high above South Africa's lush Maputaland, one can't help but marvel at the black rhino – classified as "critically endangered" – resting below. Crystal Cruises' newest Boutique Adventure promises an ultra-intimate and exclusive, hands-on "Rhino Conservation Experience" in Africa, with tales to tell afterward that could rival any Ernest Hemingway novel. Offered with Crystal Serenity's March 10 voyage from Singapore to Cape Town, the excursion makes guests a part of the vital local tracking and protection efforts that are fighting to keep the animal from extinction. From helping locate rhinoceroses to notching their ears while anesthetized (enabling researchers to identify the animal and aide in the repopulation process), participants will assist the expert anti-poaching team from beginning to end....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Making rhino conservation a tourist attraction for the rich? Hmm! Your thoughts on paying tourists being part of a team outfitting rhino with tracking devices? Another way to make money for the cruise line or a way to give the affluent an appreciation for the rhino?