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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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This might be our biggest challenge to save them #RhinoFriday

This might be our biggest challenge to save them #RhinoFriday | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Is getting the 'good guys' to work together.

#RhinoFriday

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Rhino Sculpture to Help Save the Real Thing

Rhino Sculpture to Help Save the Real Thing | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A giant black rhino has appeared on the cliffs overlooking Port Isaac. The towering sculpture is the work of local artist Dave Danson-Hill, who has named the piece "Wryno."

 

Dave made the four-metre tall plywood rhino to draw attention to the plight of the species, whose global population has been endangered by decades of poaching....

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Rarest Rhino Inspires Man To Dedicate His 40th Birthday To Rhinos Everywhere

Rarest Rhino Inspires Man To Dedicate His 40th Birthday To Rhinos Everywhere | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The man is Jeremy Taylor and he has decided to donate his middle-age milestone to rhinos. "Rather than just spending my 40th thinking, 'ugh, I'm 40,' I wanted to put a positive spin on it," Taylor told The Dodo....

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South Africa: DNA to Determine Rhino Horn Origin

DNA samples from rhino horn recovered from a Chinese national in Mozambique have arrived in South Africa.
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Thieves raid huge rhino horn haul in Mozambique

Thieves raid huge rhino horn haul in Mozambique | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Mozambican officials are arrested on suspicion they aided the theft from a police storeroom....

 

Thieves raided a police storeroom holding Mozambique’s largest- ever haul of confiscated rhino horn and ivory, making off with 12 horns valued at about £700 000.

 

The 65 rhino horns and 340 tusks (170 elephants) were seized from the house of a Chinese citizen living in Maputo. Worth millions of rands on the black market, the cache was reportedly secured with just three padlocks.

 

A police spokesperson told the investigative journalism group Oxpecker that the horns had ­disappeared from the police headquarters in Maputo early last Friday morning and had not been recovered...

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Oh my! Corruption reigns! 

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Rhino becomes 'hope' against poaching - CNN Video

The University of Pretoria's Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp speaks to CNN Today about a new procedure he helped develop to save rhinos who are victims of poachers.
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WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade

WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

International Non-Profit Organisation, WildAid, has warned South African authorities against legalising the trade in rhino horn. The NGO says there has been a sharp increase in the trade of rhino horn. Over 1200 rhino were killed in South Africa in 2014. The CEO and founder of WildAid, Peter Knights says there has been a boom in the sale of the horn in Vietnam, partly due to the myth that it can cure cancer among other alleged medicinal properties. "Rhino horn consumption in Vietnam really only started maybe ten years ago. Before that it wasn't a problem but the growth of the economy, there have been rumours that rhino horn can cure cancer which caused an explosion in demand in Vietnam and we are now trying to address that." Knights say their experience shows banning the trade is the best policy. He adds that endorsing the practice will worsen the situation worldwide.

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Girl, 8, raises money, buys dogs to fight rhino poachers

Girl, 8, raises money, buys dogs to fight rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
An 8-year-old girl has handed two hunting dogs worth R100 000 each to the Marakele National Park to assist in the fight against rhino poachers, after raising money by selling sweets and chocolates.
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Way to go Alyssa!

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Rhino poached on North West farm

Rhino poached on North West farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The dehorned carcass of a rhino has been found on a farm near Koster, North West police have said. The carcass had been there for three weeks.
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My question is... did the rhino owners even know this rhino was missing?

From this report it appears not.

Which raises the second question... why was this rhino not being protected?

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Nargis Fakhri joins the fight save the last White Rhino!

Nargis Fakhri joins the fight save the last White Rhino! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Nargis Fakhri makes waves where ever she goes, and this time she is headed to Sudan, to save rhino. In the next few days, she will be special celebrity guests to Ol Pejeta to meet Sudan the ‪#‎lastmalestanding. ..

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Texas hunter bags rhino on controversial Namibia hunt

Texas hunter bags rhino on controversial Namibia hunt | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 in January 2014 for a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia. At last, the hunt is over.
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Sad report indeed!

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Nikela on Twitter - Black Rhino #WildlifeWednesday

Nikela on Twitter - Black Rhino #WildlifeWednesday | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Happy #WildlifeWednesday! Did you know that black rhinos are also known as hook-lipped rhinos? http://bit.ly/1IKQEQt pic.twitter.com/tVdpH0oHid
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And why does the Black Rhino have a hook lip?

#WildlifeWednesday 

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Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana

Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Beverly Joubert and her husband Dereck are spearheading a relocation project, called Rhinos Without Borders, that aims to move 100 rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer parks in Botswana. It’s the largest rhino airlift ever attempted, and the first ten transportees have been successfully released.
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Rhino Charge 2015 raises 108 million Kenya Shillings

The annual Rhino Charge has over the past 27 years established itself as a prime fund raising event, supporting initially just conservation but of late also supporting the different host communities, where the annual event is being held....

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South African rhino poachers use black magic

South African rhino poachers use black magic | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A large percentage of black poachers from South Africa and Mozambique will visit a witchdoctor before going to poach, a South African antipoaching ranger said...

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eBook Review: A brave rhino and a remarkable wildlife vet

eBook Review: A brave rhino and a remarkable wildlife vet | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As rhinos continue to get slaughtered for their horn this true story POACHED! gives us a glimpse into the horrors wildlife vets experience, ebook review.
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Opinion: Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching

Opinion: Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fueling rhino poaching....

 

Last month, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) announced a committee to investigate legal trade in rhino horn. If approved, a trade proposal will be presented at the next CITES congress in 2016.

 

International trade in rhino horn has been banned by CITES since 1977.

 

The decision to investigate such a proposal was made two years ago by the South African government, and a “secret” committee has been meeting since April 2014. The original 10 members were never revealed, but journalists uncovered the identity of five, all of whom turned out to be pro-trade.

 

Now the publically announced committee includes the original pro-trade members, plus other even more dubious appointments, such as committee chair Nana Mangomola, who was suspended from the National Gambling Board after irregular audit findings....

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The Pro-Trade debate:

The dubious 'secret' committee members are revealed... and it doesn't smell good!

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Wildlife Veterinarians aka Medics in the Rhino Wars

Wildlife Veterinarians aka Medics in the Rhino Wars | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Without a doubt wildlife veterinarians are the rhinos’ heroes right along with the anti-poaching ranger.
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Rhino family found butchered and dehorned

Rhino family found butchered and dehorned | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three white rhino have been found brutally butchered and dehorned at Charters Creek, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population

NAIROBI, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Monday it has so far translocated 14 black rhinos from two national parks to boost populations of the iconic species.

 

KWS deputy spokesman Paul Muya said four rhinos were translocated from Nakuru and 10 others from Lewa National Parks to a sanctuary within the community owned and operated Sera Community Conservancy in Isiolo in eastern Kenya to help enhance protection and their comfort....

 

This will be the first time in East Africa a local community will be responsible for the protection and management of the highly threatened black rhino, signaling a mind shift in Kenya's conservation efforts....

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Rhino Mutilated By Poachers Is Given Second Chance By Helpers

Rhino Mutilated By Poachers Is Given Second Chance By Helpers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The poachers may have taken her horn, but they haven’t taken her life. A gentle rhino fights for her life after horrific attack.
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Positive results from UAV trial as anti-poaching tool in Kruger

Positive results from UAV trial as anti-poaching tool in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
SANParks is, understandably, tight-lipped about intelligence provided by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently being tested in the Kruger National Park but indications are their performance has been positive.
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SA rhino heading to Texas?

SA rhino heading to Texas? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect South Africa's rhino from their biggest enemy - poachers.
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This would not be the first time rhino have been relocated from South Africa to Texas!

Read Mike Behr's account of his travels by ship with 10 rhino back in the days of Operation Rhino in the '70's.

 http://www.nikela.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Moving-Rhino-Mike-Behr.pdf ;

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Auctioneer sentenced to 3 years for wildlife smuggling conspiracy

Auctioneer sentenced to 3 years for wildlife smuggling conspiracy | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Boynton Beach auctioneer who admitted he helped smuggle rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory to China was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison.
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The Black Mambas: Saving the Rhino - YouTube

In South Africa, reporter Evan Williams and director Laura Warner meet the Black Mambas: the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, who are battling to...
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Congrats to the Black Mambas and those who train and lead them.

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