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Hope and heartbreak for rhinos

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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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Traumatized Humans: Another Rhino Crisis Fallout (Part 1)

Traumatized Humans: Another Rhino Crisis Fallout (Part 1) | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
What do soldiers, emergency responders, wildlife rangers, veterinarians have in common? First in series addressing human crisis of the rhino poaching wars.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 2, 2:35 AM

These poachers do NOT realize what trauma they are putting the animals and other human beings through when they commit this crime just for their greed!

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South African Police Officer Held over Attempted Rhino Poaching

South African Police Officer Held over Attempted Rhino Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Policeman from Gauteng arrested for attempted rhino poaching.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, August 21, 1:09 PM
I just don't have words for what I am feeling.......
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Chinese crime rings and the global rhino horn trade

Chinese crime rings and the global rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Arrests of rhino horn smugglers point to resurgent Chinese interest in a business that has proved lucrative for south-east Asian criminals
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Killing for Profit Archive's New Document

The Li Zhifei case file A statement signed by Chinese antique dealer and rhino horn smuggler Li Zhifei on 17 December 2013 offers a fascinating insight into Chinese involvement in the global trade ...
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How we plan to deal with rhino poaching crisis - Edna Molewa

How we plan to deal with rhino poaching crisis - Edna Molewa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The South African Government will implement integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa under the stewardship of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.

 

On 6 August 2014, Cabinet deliberated on discussed the 2013 rhino population census undertaken in the Kruger National Park and decided on integrated strategic interventions for the management of rhinoceros in South Africa....

 

The integrated interventions adopted by Cabinet are:

Compulsory interventions;The increase in rhino numbers;International and national collaboration and cooperation; andLong-term sustainability measures.....

 

South Africa, with its large rhino populations, has borne the brunt of rhino poaching. We remain confident that our efforts in implementing the integrated strategic approach will build on our successful track record of conserving rhino.

 

We anticipate that challenges will not remain static - thereby necessitating an adaptable rhino management response that changes in response to these challenges.

 

South Africa remains committed to the sustainable utilisation of its natural resources.

 

Statement issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs, August 12 2014


http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=680554&sn=Detail&pid=71616 ;

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Rhino Friday - Where are Donations to Save Rhino going?

Rhino Friday - Where are Donations to Save Rhino going? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Nigel Morgan, chairman of Focus Africa Foundation speaks out interview with Tamara LePine-Williams, Classic FM about SANParks and donations to save rhino.
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Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech and gets harder

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THOSE who want to protect elephants and rhinoceroses in Africa often face dangerous criminal traffickers who are bold, enterprising and well-equipped, leaders said at the US-Africa summit this week.
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‘My office is the bush, not four walls’

KZN anti-poacher is passion and bravery personified

FIVE hours and 400km on the clock and I finally sat in front of whom everyone believes is perhaps the finest section ranger in South Africa, let alone KwaZulu-Natal....

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Tisha Wardlow's curator insight, August 5, 9:18 AM

Poaching via the boots on the ground

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South African Rugby captain gets behind the rhinos

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Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers wants to take his two little girls, Lana and Layli, to see rhinos when they’re a bit older. But he fears that at the rate they’re being poached, this may never happen.

 

This is why De Villiers has thrown his weight behind the Ride the Rhino three-day stage race. It takes place from September 26 to 28, just days after World Rhino Day.

 

De Villiers, who is the ambassador for race organisers Resolution Health and Zurreal, says that each rider will be given a number representing a real rhino....

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Rhino counter-poaching ops boosted by millions of rands

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Tucked away in Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s budget vote address last week was a sentence that will boost the efforts of those involved in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.
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Let's get this war on the rhino turned around!

 

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 28, 11:08 AM

With some of that money, how about putting that fence along our borders back up and guarding it with the military as my petition has been asking for soooo long and am NOT getting an answer from Molewa or Zuma or anybody else!!!!!

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-jacob-zuma-re-erect-the-fence-along-the-border-of-the-kruger-park-and-mozambique?

 

 

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South Africa: Rhino Poacher Gets 77 Years in Jail

A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia. The sentencing of Mandla Chauke, a South African who was...
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SANParks has no Plan to Save the Rhino? Citizens do!

SANParks has no Plan to Save the Rhino? Citizens do! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

SANParks was at pains yesterday to play down earlier reports that it was planning to sell and relocate some of its rhinos to save them from poachers.

 

"There is no board-approved plan, there has never been one. It is misleading to suggest that there is one," SANParks chairman Kuseni Dlamini said....

 

At the corner of Jellicoe and Jan Smuts avenues, in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is a billboard flashing the number of rhinos poached this year.

 

In the 10 days the billboard has been up, outside vet Peter Baker's premises, the number of rhinos poached was shown to have increased from 554 to 565. That was yesterday....

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Shocking!

After all these rhino deaths.

After all the public outcry they have the audacity...

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SANParks plans rhino rescue operation

SANParks plans rhino rescue operation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As the rhino poaching issue intensifies, the Kruger National Park plans a last-ditch effort to evacuate 500 rhino to secret locations in a desperate bid to save the species.....

 

However, the sudden departure of SANParks CEO David Mabunda and the suspension of Dr Hector Magoma, head of conservation services, has halted the rhino rescue plan in its tracks.

 

Mabunda was relieved of his duties five days before his contract came up for renewal – after 15 years.

 

This was reportedly followed by a slew of suspensions and cancelled contracts of senior managers and service providers. Among the suspensions was Magoma who was let go last month over allegations of benefitting through the sale and relocation of rhinos....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 22, 3:54 AM

Wonder what the truth is.......

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Interview with Kruger’s anti-poaching chief

Interview with Kruger’s anti-poaching chief | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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.

 

- See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/interview-with-krugers-anti-poaching-chief/#sthash.hnFWzZxR.RoaFq5kc.dpuf ;

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According to Major General Johan Jooste there is hope for the rhino in the Kruger.... 

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College student adapts satellite technology for elephant conservation

College student adapts satellite technology for elephant conservation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
UBC PhD Candidate Jake Wall has adapted satellite tracking technology to monitor the movement patterns of endangered African elephants.
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Operation: Stop Poaching Now - Rhino Dogs

Operation: Stop Poaching Now - Rhino Dogs | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Operation: Stop Poaching Now Over the next few weeks, We will be sharing 10 Ways to Fight Rhino Poaching — detailing diverse solutions you can support to address the poaching crisis.     ...
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Rhino Sold to Safe Haven - Trophy Hunting Farms?

Rhino Sold to Safe Haven - Trophy Hunting Farms? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Kruger National Park no longer the jewel reserve of South Africa, rhino sold to trophy hunting farms instead of protected from poachers.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, August 20, 2:36 AM

This has to be stopped!!

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Study helps prevent rhino deaths during relocation

Study helps prevent rhino deaths during relocation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Wildlife experts lose one to two black rhinoceros each year from anesthesia complications when they capture and relocate the animals. That’s 1 to 2 percent of the black rhinos that are moved annually, but with only 5,000 or so left in the wild in southern Africa, any losses are too many....

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Stop Poaching Early Warning Signs And Community

Stop Poaching Early Warning Signs And Community | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Operation: Stop Poaching Now Over the next few weeks, We will be sharing 10 Ways to Fight Rhino Poaching — detailing diverse solutions you can support to address the poaching crisis. 3. Earl...
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Rhino horn theft accused in court and postponed!

Rhino horn theft accused in court and postponed! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Mbombela - The bail application of four men accused of stealing 112 pieces of rhino horn worth over R160 million was postponed in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Gideon Mtshali, 51, Leonard Sizwe Malatjie, 34, Velly William Zwane, 43, and Selby George Khoza, 39, would be back in court on August 11, a Sapa correspondent reported....

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 5, 3:14 PM

Tragic extinction motivated by greed and avarice

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RuneScape players creat 250,000 virtual pets to back Jagex save-the-rhino campaign

RuneScape players creat 250,000 virtual pets to back Jagex save-the-rhino campaign | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

MORE than 250,000 online gamers have backed a Cambridge company’s battle to save the rhino.

 

Game-maker Jagex, creator of the hugely popular RuneScape, has introduced virtual white and black rhinos into the game, to raise awareness of the animals’ plight worldwide.

 

Players were asked to answer a series of daily questions over a two-week period, and if they got the right answers they were able to unlock a rhino ‘pet’....


Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge/RuneScape-players-creat-250000-virtual-pets-to-back-Jagex-save-the-rhino-campaign-20140728190000.htm#ixzz38tRVTus2

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EIA: Why a legal trade in rhino horn won't work

EIA: Why a legal trade in rhino horn won't work | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

In a bid to reduce rhino poaching, the South African government is considering tabling a proposal to legalise trade in rhino horn at the 17th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016. It’s a hugely controversial issue, with passionate advocates and opponents. In an exclusive interview with Project African Rhino, executive director of the Environmental Investigation Agency Mary Rice voices her concerns.....

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Limpopo park hit by rhino poachers

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CAPE TOWN - SANParks says it’s shocked following the first poaching incident at the Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo.

 

A rhino bull was shot and dehorned by an unknown number of poachers on Wednesday, making it the first reported incident at the national park.

 

Police and SANParks environmental crime investigators are searching the area for clues.

 

Spokesperson Ike Phaahla says they will be looking into more security at the park.

 

“We’re shocked at the incident but we’re continuing to fight this battle against rhino poaching and we are going to strengthen security.”

 

Phahla said their mandate was conservation and would leave matters of the law infringement to the police service....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 27, 8:04 AM

Sad, sad, sad.......RIP dearest darling!

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Kenya: Ol Pejeta Raises Red Flag Over Rhino Poaching

A Private conservancy in Laikipia is concerned by increased rhino poaching in the county. Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne said the rising cases are due to the "increased demand for rhino horns as a result of the high market price that has surpassed that of gold".
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Mother killed by poachers rhino calf by lions!

Such a waste!

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'Groenewald gang' trial postponed

The trial of Dawie Groenewald, a notorious South African game farmer and alleged “rhino horn syndicate kingpin”, was expected to begin today in the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria. It has been nearly four years since various suspects linked to the so-called “Groenewald gang” were arrested in highly-publicised police raids.  Instead the case was postponed for another year pending the outcome of a court challenge to the South African government’s moratorium on internal trade in rhino horn.   

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Postponed! Can't believe it!

Julian Rademeyer provides us with some inside information regarding who Dawie Groenewald really is... which really makes the justice system... well, you make your own judgement!

 

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Parliament Must Convene Special Inquiry Into Rhino Poaching Crisis

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, Jackson Mthembu, to request that a special inquiry be launched into the current Rhino poaching crisis.
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