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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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Once Upon a Time There Were Wild Animals in Africa

Once Upon a Time There Were Wild Animals in Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Without evening noticing the wild animals in Africa are being domesticated for profit and there’s something you can do about it, rhino, lion
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Pizza outlet starts rhino preservation initiative

Pizza outlet starts rhino preservation initiative | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
MBOMBELA ¬ The manager of Panarotti’s came up with a brilliant idea to make a unique contribution to the war on rhino poaching.
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To legalise or not to legalise trade in rhino horn? Stakeholders make their case

To legalise or not to legalise trade in rhino horn? Stakeholders make their case | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Over the past three days, stakeholders with interests in rhino conservation have had the unenviable task of presenting their views on the “feasibility, or not, of a rhino horn trade” to the Committee of Inquiry set up to investigate exactly that. The Committees’ eventual conclusion will determine whether South Africa calls for legalisation at the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2016. By ANDREA TEAGLE.
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Trade Legalisation Debate – The New Root Cause of Rhino Poaching?

Trade Legalisation Debate – The New Root Cause of Rhino Poaching? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

When we started Breaking The Brand it was because we saw a lack of focus on the root cause of rhino poaching and wildlife crime in general, namely the end user. Similarly, the work that was being done on the demand side did not resonate with the primary users of genuine rhino horn.


.... the pro-trade debate in South Africa effectively neutralises law enforcement based success in Viet Nam. At the time we all thought that this left user targeted demand reduction as the only viable option. But now even this approach may not be available anymore....

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Hat of to the SPOTS Team for their strategies to protect the rhino

Hat of to the SPOTS Team for their strategies to protect the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Follow Peter and his team at SPOTS as they work to protect the Rhino from extinction.

 

SPOTS (Strategic Protection of Threatened Species) strives to conserve and protect all threatened species, however due to severely increased poaching of the Rhino, Peter and his team at SPOTS have focused their efforts to protect these beautiful creatures from extinction....

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AWF blasts South Africa’s plan to legalise Rhino horn trade

Based on its own investigation and testimony given by experts at the three-day meeting, the Committee will eventually make recommendations on whether South Africa, a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), should submit a proposal to legalise rhino horn trade at CITES’ 17th Conference of Parties meeting in Cape Town next year. “Any move to legalise the trade in rhino horn, however, will do more harm than good”, says African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)...

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Battle ground for rhino trade

Battle ground for rhino trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
There is no limit to what users of rhino horn will do to obtain what is essentially nail clippings for use as traditional medicine or an ostentatious display of wealth.
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Are you for or against legalizing the trade of rhino horn?

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..."Over the next two days, organisations will be making submissions to the Department of Environments “Committee of Inquiry” into the “feasibility or not of a rhino horn trade”.

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Army major maintains military presence has seen a decrease in Mozambican poachers

Army major maintains military presence has seen a decrease in Mozambican poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers accessing the Kruger National Park from Mozambique are, according to an Army officer, not as big a problem currently as people living on the western side of the internationally renowned game reserve.
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It doesn't matter where they come from, they need to be stopped!!

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Three Wise Men target illegal rhino horn trade in Vietnam with print campaign

Three Wise Men target illegal rhino horn trade in Vietnam with print campaign | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Melbourne-based independent communications consultancy Three Wise Men has targeted the illegal rhino horn trade in a print campaign running in Vietnamese p
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, March 22, 12:08 PM

That is Not what Rhinos are here for!!!

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One Coal Company’s Plan to Become Neighbors With Africa’s First Rhino Preserve

One Coal Company’s Plan to Become Neighbors With Africa’s First Rhino Preserve | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The wildlife in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Preserve could soon have dusty, noisy, water-stealing neighbors.
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Rhino Squad in Training for Botswana as Country Battles Poachers

Botswana has started training law enforcement officers who will form a specialist team to tackle rhino poachers, the southern African country’s environment minister said....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, March 16, 3:02 PM

Botswanan seems to be the only country that really cares!!

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Is it You? Instagram endangers rhinos

Is it You? Instagram endangers rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Posting your rhino pictures from your game reserve getaway on social media might be inadvertently giving poachers directions to their next kill.
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When taking rhino photos....

Please make sure your Location settings are turned off!

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Largest Rhino Airlift Ever to Move 100 At-Risk Animals

Largest Rhino Airlift Ever to Move 100 At-Risk Animals | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhinos Without Borders project is transferring animals from South Africa to safer parks in Botswana.
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Mozambican police announce seizure of 17 rhino horns

Police in Mozambique have seized 17 rhino horns in the industrial city of Matola near the capital Maputo, APA learns here Monday.According to private telev
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Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Falsifying a Wildlife Document Related to the Sale of Horns from a Black Rhino

John A. Brommel, 53, a resident of Austin, Texas, and the owner of a taxidermy business, pleaded guilty today to violating the Lacey Act’s false labeling provision by knowingly selling horns from a black rhinoceros to non-Texas residents and falsifying the bill of sale to conceal the fact that the actual purchasers were not residents of Texas....

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Group Injects Rhino Horns With Poison In Desperate Effort To Curb Poaching

Group Injects Rhino Horns With Poison In Desperate Effort To Curb Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As Africa's rhino population continues to grow more vulnerable due to poaching and increasing demand for their horns in Asian countries, one organization is taking a different approach to curb the hunting by poisoning the animals' horns.

Lorinda Hern, co-founder of the Rhino Rescue Project, explained to HuffPost Live'sJosh Zepps on Monday that the "dramatic increase" in rhino poaching over the years is due in part to a rumor that began circulating several years ago in countries like China and Vietnam that the horns had healing powers and were linked to curing many "high-profile individuals" of anything from hangovers to cancer....

 

WATCH the interview http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/rhino-horn-poaching_n_6931346.html ;

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Should rhino horn trade be legalised as poaching increases 9,000%? South Africa eyes a red line

Should rhino horn trade be legalised as poaching increases 9,000%?  South Africa eyes a red line | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The country is home to more than 80% of the world’s rhinos, and last year a shocking 1,215 were killed by poachers...

 

While it is tempting to want to explore every tried and untried strategy in our efforts to protect Africa’s rhinos, there are a number of reasons why this solution simply will not work...

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Advanced helicopter to tackle rhino poaching

Advanced helicopter to tackle rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
SKUKUZA - The air mobility in the fight against rhino poachers has kicked off with the acquisition of another Airbus helicopter equipped with night vision and night-flying capabilities.
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B.C. man gets 2.5 years for smuggling ivory, rhino horns

B.C. man gets 2.5 years for smuggling ivory, rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A Richmond, B.C. man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and coral from the United States to Canada.

 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ordered Xiao Ju Guan, aka "Tony Guan," 39, to forfeit wildlife items found during a search of his antiques business.

 

Guan was arrested in March 2014 for his role in smuggling and attempting to smuggle rhinoceros horns, as well as items carved from elephant ivory and coral, from auction houses throughout the United States to Canada....

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South Africa: Rhino Poachers Busted 8 Months Later

The Hawks arrested five suspected rhino poachers in Mpumalanga almost five months after eight rhinos went missing from the Ohrigstad Nature Reserve in Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga, in November 2014.
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Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa’s Rhinos?

Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa’s Rhinos? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors are enlisting new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.
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A great summation and commentary of the 'wild' strategies to save the last rhinos in Africa.

Some working, some not... some outright a no go!

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Plan to save black rhino off to a flying start

Plan to save black rhino off to a flying start | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A population of black rhino was created recently when 19 of the critically endangered animals were released at an undisclosed location in South Africa.

 

The animals form the 10th population to be facilitated through WWF SA’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and were made available through the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency....

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Poachers kill two white rhinos in central Kenya

Poachers kill two white rhinos in central Kenya | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Unknown poachers killed two white rhinos and took away their horns at a private ranch in central Kenya, wildlife officials confirmed on Friday.

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