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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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The big problem with legalising rhino horn sales

The big problem with legalising rhino horn sales | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
While we've been spending our hard earned money to save the rhinos, our minister wants to allow the sale of their horn and put them into more danger than ever before, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming have decided to eradicate wolves

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming have decided to eradicate wolves | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming yesterday introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced last week in the House that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.
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Poachers break into Paris zoo, shoot rhino dead and steal its horn

Poachers break into Paris zoo, shoot rhino dead and steal its horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A rhinoceros at a zoo near Paris was shot three times in the head on Monday night by poachers who then cut off its horn with a chainsaw. The four-year-old rhinoceros, named Vince, was found dead by keepers at Thoiry Zoo, to the west of the French capital.
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South African wildlife veterinarian speaks at FGCU

South African wildlife veterinarian speaks at FGCU | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa is home to some of the world’s most endangered animals suffering in silence. President of the Pre-Vet Society, Amber Elalem, organized a guest lecture with renowned wildlife veterinarian and zoologist, Dr. James Roxburgh, on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with the purpose of educating the public on wildlife conservation and providing insight on the life …
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Nice Shot! The World's Largest Rhino Farm

Nice Shot! The World's Largest Rhino Farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
These rhinos, bred for their horns, are “not meant to be in this situation,” says photographer Brent Stirton.
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Justice for Rhinos—When Will It Come?

Justice for Rhinos—When Will It Come? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Nothing prepared me for the venom in his eyes. While not directed at me, nobody in the courtroom could escape the anger seeping from his pores. Through a twist of fate, I was in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)…
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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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Only 540 rhinos left in Kenya

Only 540 rhinos left in Kenya | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
There were 20,000 of them in 1970, according to EarthWatch Institute
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8B DanielO's curator insight, March 23, 10:09 AM
     This article is about rhino poaching in Africa. With the recent problem, animal poaching, happening in Africa, Kenya also had faced the same problem. EarthWatch Institute estimate that about 540 rhinos are left in Kenya from what used to be 20,000 rhinos in 1970. This extensive rhino poaching happened over the 20 years. On March 14, there was in incidence where someone smuggled Sh600 million worth of rhino horns from Kenya. The main reason of the poaching is because of Asia. Some parts of Asia thinks rhino horn is sacred. They think it is a medicine to cure cancer and other diseases. Other parts of Asia also classifies their status symbol by the amount of rhino horns they have. This caused many poachers to smuggle horns to sell it in the black market in Asia. Africa had been mainly solving this problem through technology. They used drones and robots to find and arrest the poachers. Unlike many parts of Africa, Kenya doesn’t allow drones to be flown. The limit to technology Kenya have, causes more problems when it comes to protecting the wild. 
     This article helps me understand that some parts of Africa is facing problems beyond poaching. They have limit access to technology and can’t find poachers easily. The problem is hard to fix since drone is the main technology people use to catch off poachers. As time goes, this may cause our ecosystem to be ruined and may affect the world as a whole. I think it is a big problem and it needs to be fixed. They government should at least let drone that catches poachers to be flown. I think the world should actually start to acknowledge the poaching and smuggling that happened over last 20 years. We should try to stop it since it only doesn’t affect Africa, but our world, earth, as a whole.
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Rhino horns worth $5m seized in Thailand off flight from Ethiopia

Rhino horns worth $5m seized in Thailand off flight from Ethiopia | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The haul found in luggage on a flight from Ethiopia is is the biggest for several years.
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8B DanielO's curator insight, March 17, 5:02 AM
This article is about rhino poaching. In March 14, 2017, 2 women was caught seizing 21 rhino horns into Thailand. The Thai police caught this scene while the luggage was subjected to a random check. They also found 300k of elephant ivory with the horn, both of which is estimated to be worth. $5m. The Thai official also indicates that the incidence of the poaching probably includes several more people. These animals were believed to be killed in south Africa and brought back to Cambodia and Vietnam where these two women collected it from. This is a problem since an estimation of 21,000 rhino were poached and killed since the 20th century. Although Asian airline and airports shows anti-smuggling efforts, Asia seems to be the main place poachers illegally trades rhino horns. 

This article helps me understand about African recent issues. Recently in Africa, there had been many news articles about animal poaching. These news seem to not stop, therefore leading a big problem to Africa. Africa need these animals for tourist attraction, but with the poachers and killers, African economy may go down, causing poverty throughout the country. There had been news about planning to stop animal poaching through technology, but those haven’t shown a success yet. After reading this article, it made me rethink about poaching. Since there had been many articles about poaching so lately, I think animal poaching could almost be a global problem. With that many people poaching everyday, the mass killing may interrupt our ecosystem. This could, overtime, lead to global extinction and I hope the airline and the government could take this seriously and try to prevent animal poaching in Africa.
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Poacher got 77 years in 2014, released on bail in 2017

Poacher got 77 years in 2014, released on bail in 2017 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Mandla Chauke's bail application pending appeal was successful.
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ANALYSIS: Lies, damned lies and rhino statistics

ANALYSIS: Lies, damned lies and rhino statistics | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A 10% fall in poaching last year is not the good news it appears to be — especially considering SA plans to resume its horn trade, writes Tony Carnie
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Poacher’s paradise: The terrifying underworld behind rhino horn trade 

Poacher’s paradise: The terrifying underworld behind rhino horn trade  | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa, home to almost 80% of the rhino population on the African continent, is at the centre of the struggle against poaching. Over the past decade, over 6,000 rhino have fallen victim to poachers; about three a day. About 370 were poached in the first quarter of 2016 alone.
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Hope is gone: brave super-rhino dies - Africa Geographic

Hope is gone: brave super-rhino dies - Africa Geographic | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Hope became the poster child of the fight against rhino poaching after she survived a botched poaching attack and rose to be an icon.
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Anti-poaching rangers attacked in Mozambique

Anti-poaching rangers attacked in Mozambique | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three-anti poaching rangers in Mozambique came under attack while escorting alleged rhino poachers to a police station near the Greater Lebombo Conservancy, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation said on Monday.
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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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