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Hope and heartbreak for rhinos

Hope and heartbreak for rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg -The sharp rays of the North West sun bore down on the vegetation at the Madikwe Game Reserve as if to punish it. The soil and everything around it was bone dry.

 

There was no sign of life.

 

In a clearing, just past a small thorn tree, unfolded a scene that would make hardened police officers and conservation activists shed a tear or two.

 

As our truck approached, the full horror of rhino poaching, one of the fastest rising crimes in South Africa, hit us right between the eyes....

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In Search of Rhino: Africa's Disappearing Icon - YouTube

The White Rhino likes to hang out, has interesting friends, has to 'go', likes to act tough and is at risk of going extinct because it get's poached for its horn.

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Goats go wherever goats want to go... even onto the backs of rhinos VIDEO

Goats go wherever goats want to go... even onto the backs of rhinos VIDEO | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Mountains? Goats go there. Troll bridges? Goats go there. Rhinos? You're damn right goats go there.


This adorable footage was captured by staff at the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa, which rears little rhinos orphaned by poachers. 


On YouTube, the sanctuary noted that "rhinos and goats have a unique friendship" — and it's true there is something exceptional about rhinoceroses acting as step-ups allowing goats to nom on low-hanging leaves.


The sanctuary takes volunteers (and donations), meaning you too could someday have the opportunity to either clamber over rhinos or have goats clamber over you.

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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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Can drones help save the rhino? – video

Can drones help save the rhino? – video | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Drones are operating above some of South Africa’s national parks in an attempt to deter and intercept poachers
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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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African philanthropists pledge to relocate 100 rhinos to Botswana

African philanthropists pledge to relocate 100 rhinos to Botswana | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
This weekend during a Botswana air navigation event, Race For Rhinos, a pledge was made to relocate 100 black and white rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana.
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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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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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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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Namibia: Rhino Poaching - Five Arrests in Three Regions

The police arrested five people in three different regions on Saturday for poaching rhino horns and elephant tusks.
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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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Little Girl Who Wanted A Puppy Gets A Baby Rhino Instead

Little Girl Who Wanted A Puppy Gets A Baby Rhino Instead | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
They love to roll around in the mud together.
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Bringing out the Big Guns: Kruger gets heavy artillery to combat poaching

Bringing out the Big Guns: Kruger gets heavy artillery to combat poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“The time has come for everyone to stand up and fight against poaching in order to help ensure these precious heritages for our children’s children survive forever."
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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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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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Mpumalanga traffic officer arrested for rhino poaching

Mpumalanga traffic officer arrested for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
An Mpumalanga traffic officer arrested for rhino poaching is expected to appear in the Skukuza Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old traffic officer was out on bail for a separate case of rhino poaching, when he was re-arrested, the Hawks confirm.
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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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Hope the rhino gets pioneering surgery 

Hope the rhino gets pioneering surgery  | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Shoelaces on steroids: that's the groundbreaking procedure used on the world's most famous rhino, Hope.
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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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Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino

Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Read Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino latest on ITV News. All the World news
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