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549 rhino poached this year - no end in sight

549 rhino poached this year - no end in sight | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The number of rhinos poached this month could hit a new high despite the best efforts of authorities, MPs hear.

 

"So far [this year]... we have lost more than 500 rhino. [As of] yesterday [Monday], the figure was at 549... The problem is still increasing," environmental affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said.

 

Responsible for biodiversity and conservation in his department, Fundisile was briefing members of Parliament's environmental affairs portfolio committee.

 

According to figures tabled at Tuesday's briefing, there has been a sharp increase in poaching activity in recent months. They show 25 rhino were illegally killed for their horns in June this year.

 

This rose to 49 in July, 63 in August, 62 in September, and 75 last month. So far this month, 40 rhino have been killed....

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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.

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Rhino horn demand in Viet Nam plunges!

Rhino horn demand in Viet Nam plunges! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino horn demand has decreased by 77 per cent in Ha Noi and 38 per cent
across Viet Nam, more than a year after a campaign was launched to
eliminate its use.
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According to the Humane Society International it has dropped due to education... however, few others seem to think it has. So what's really happening?

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Adorable Baby Rhino Orphans Are Loving Life After Being Saved

Adorable Baby Rhino Orphans Are Loving Life After Being Saved | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two rhino orphans in South Africa have become the best of friends after being rescued by a wildlife foundation that serves to protect endangered animals.
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U.S. gets on board with destroying elephant ivory

U.S. gets on board with destroying elephant ivory | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

United States to Destroy More than One Ton of Confiscated Ivory at Public Event in New York’s Times Square ...

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South Africa: Three in Court Over Rhino Poaching

South Africa: Three in Court Over Rhino Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Efforts by law enforcement agencies to deal with the rhino poaching plague proactively are steadily gaining momentum.
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SA government faces legal challenge to open domestic rhino horn trade

SA government faces legal challenge to open domestic rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Private rhino breeders go head to head with the South African government on Monday‚ in a court case that seeks to lift the moratorium on domestic rhino trade.
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VIDEO: Vets operate on Hope the rhino attacked by poachers

VIDEO: Vets operate on Hope the rhino attacked by poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rescuers found Hope the Rhino with her horn and a large portion of her face severed by poachers, a horrific injury that had some observers wincing at the sight of exposed flesh and bone. (AP)
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Many thanks to the vets and all who attend Hope.

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VIDEO: Inside a 'legal' hunt

VIDEO: Inside a 'legal' hunt | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Disturbing video footage of a so-called 'legal' rhino trophy hunt, carried out at the behest of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate.
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Study shows rhino face trained squads

Study shows rhino face trained squads | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers across Africa are becoming increasingly militarised as they use more firepower and infantry tactics to target elephants and rhino, a study has found.
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This is why the good guys need so much more support, training and equipment...

 

"There is a ramping-up of weapons and methods," said Khristopher Carlson, the survey's chief researcher on poaching

 

"What is interesting is that poachers are coming into the Kruger National Park in groups of three or four.

 

"One would be armed with a high-powered rifle and the others with AK-47s to act as a security perimeter."...

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Summary Breaking the Brand Project - Second Annual Report

Summary Breaking the Brand Project - Second Annual Report | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Breaking The Brand Project is a rhino conservation organization based in Australia heading the fight to stop the demand for rhino horn in Asia.
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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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Would-be rhino poacher gets 7.5 years

Would-be rhino poacher gets 7.5 years | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Mozambican man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for attempted poaching in the Kruger National Park and other offences.
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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Sometimes we need a little chuckle!

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Five Namibians arrested with rhino horn in Kunene

Five Namibian men were arrested on Saturday afternoon in the Kunene Region after they were found with a freshly sawn off black rhinoceros horn and a rifle, allegedly used to shoot the rhino.
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Secret to Success? Resourcefulness not Resources?

Secret to Success? Resourcefulness not Resources? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

#MondayMotivation

This definitely holds true for many working tirelessly to save the rhino.

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Wildlife conservation: can the northern white rhino escape extinction?

Wildlife conservation: can the northern white rhino escape extinction? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Conservation know-how and political will can help animals battling the threat of dwindling populations to survive...

 

“The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I’m the only one,” boasts AA Milne’s exuberant creation. But Hundred Acre Wood is the only habitat where devastatingly low population figures are a subject of joy and mirth. For species like the northern white rhino, with only five individuals left in the world, the struggle for survival is no laughing matter.

 

Smaller populations are more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes, the negative consequences of inbreeding and even sheer bad luck, such as randomly skewed sex ratios. “If there are very few of you and you all have offspring, there is a good chance that maybe all those offspring will be one sex,” explains Dr Philip Stephens from Durham University.... 

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Questions about black rhino sent to Botswana

Questions about black rhino sent to Botswana | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Botswana asked Zimbabwe to supply it with 10 black rhino, but it's emerged they actually came from SA.
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Rhino anti-poaching drive bearing fruit‚ police say

Rhino anti-poaching drive bearing fruit‚ police say | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The recent arrest of another two suspects on charges related to rhino poaching indicates that the task teams formed to deal with the crime are hard at work and that their work is bearing fruit‚ police said.
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Harry’s summer job: saving black rhino in Namibia

London - Prince Harry is to spend part of his three-month African trip helping endangered black rhino.

 

The 30-year-old, who is due to leave Britain at the end of the month, will spend the summer in Namibia’s north-west Kunene region learning how to save the rhino and desert elephants...

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Let's Admit it! Wildlife crime is not taken seriously

Let's Admit it! Wildlife crime is not taken seriously | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“Please, let’s stop talking about illegal trade in wildlife. It’s not illegal trade – it’s crime,” says John Sellar, an independent anti-smuggling, fraud and organised crime consultant who spoke at a breakfast seminar organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Conservation Action Trust in Cape Town last month.
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Let's call a spade a spade... it simply is not a shovel!

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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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