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“In this sad saga, rhinos and South Africa are the only losers. The 500 rhinos that could have been removed this year remain trapped in the Kruger in a raging war of bullets.”
— Dr Hector Magome
Confusion around the SANParks sale and removal of 260 rhinos has deepened after the man accused of making an unauthorised decision to sell the Kruger National Park animals has spoken out in his defence....
Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.
The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in escalating numbers for their prized horns, alarming both conservationists and the government since wildlife in South Africa is an important tourist draw.
“ShotSpotter”, a product of privately-held California company SST Incorporated, has previously been used in crime-ridden urban US neighbourhoods to alert police to weapons fire...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Hmm! Another "after the rhino is dead" system to catch poachers!
South Africa is selling live rhinos for a fraction of the price their horns would fetch on the black market, officials admitted yesterday
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
This has been the sad reality for too long... rhino being worth more dead than alive!
Rhino and other wildlife will not be safe until we take the price tag off their head.
Sure you may say this is idealistic... however, we (in Western countries around the world) spend millions on frivolous trinkets and luxuries... what if we gave up some of our habits and donated that money so that rhino and other species could live free in natural habitats preserved just for them.
The fight to save the rhino goes way beyond the protection of a species. It is inextricably tied to our South African heritage. There are those who would ask why, with all the challenges we face as a country to build a better life for all: do we place the conservation of animals at the center of national debate.
The answer is a simple one. It is because protection of our natural resources lies at the heart of what makes us South Africans: our love for this beautiful land. Which is why we will not be complacent as our national security is breached, and criminals decimate our wildlife, among the most abundant in the world.
South Africa has always been, and remains, the home of the rhino. Despite the onslaught of human encroachment over the centuries, and man’s often-cruel pursuit of these animals, they have endured. And here, in the southernmost tip of Africa, they are home. Eighty-two percent of Africa’s rhino can be found in South Africa. Ninety three percent of white rhino and 39% of black rhino are here.
It is everyone’s responsibility. Far too many elephants, rhinos, and other animals are dying at the hands of poachers. And this senseless slaughter has ripple effects throughout society.
As President Barack Obama has said, wildlife trafficking is truly a cross-cutting issue that undermines security across nations. Here in Kenya, poaching endangers this country’s natural heritage, but also jeopardizes jobs for the many Kenyans working in wildlife tourism. Communities are caught in the crosshairs of violence. Park rangers are killed. For all these reasons, stopping poaching is critical to Kenya, to the region, and to the world....
WINDHOEK- If Rhinos could talk, what will they say? Will they tell us the love lost at the hand of the poacher? To save our rhinos Spoken Word, in collaboration with Institute for the Environment, Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia (IECN) presented Love not lost: A rhino’s love story last Saturday at the Warehouse Theatre. The poets presented passionate and soulful poetry to help save the rhino. They expressed their feeling and sympathy for the rhino that are being killed for their horns.
Desert Wolf's controversial crowd control drone would not be able to take off under South African law....
So, the burning question of the day: if mining companies purchase the Skunk crowd control drone to use against pit head protesters, would they legally be allowed to fly them in South Africa? It’s a topical question, and one which – from a purely aeronautical point of view – we happen to have the answer to....
An interview with Major-General Johan Jooste, the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks....
There’s a small sign above Major-General Johan Jooste’s desk at his office in Skukuza, the headquarters of Kruger National Park. It says: “Think Big, Start Small, Act Now”. It’s an apt credo for the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks.
The 61-year-old ex-army general joined the organisation in 2013, and has been tasked with one of the country’s biggest, most immediate challenges: combatting the scourge of rhino poaching. Last year, 606 rhino were killed in Kruger, out of a total number in South Africa of 1004. “We are fighting a war,” says Jooste, who retired from the army in 2006 after 35 years of service, but also has an MBA and has worked in business development in the arms industry.