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Fight against rhino and elephant poaching intensifies

With nearly 600 rhinos killed this year alone – almost double the figure in 2010 – law enforcement agencies and conservation groups are stepping up the fight against rhino poaching.

 

The Hawks, SA’s directorate for priority crime investigation, joined forces with the department of environmental affairs, rangers and SA National Parks to form the anti-poaching task force three years ago as poaching figures began climbing steeply. They focused their work in the Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal regions, but Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramoloka says a recent sharp spike in rhino dehorning and slaughtering at the Kruger National Park has put one of Africa’s largest game reserves under the spotlight....

 

Jason Ball, Southern Africa director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), says the only way to decisively curb elephant and rhino poaching is through a “global shift in attitudes and values”.

 

“Biologically, elephants and rhinos simply cannot support an economic model of supply and demand. No wildlife can sustain this type of commercial exploitation, let alone a long-living, slow-growing, slow-breeding species.

 

“Killing of rhino and elephants will only stop when markets for the products are closed,” Ball says.

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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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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, March 22, 12:09 PM

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

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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

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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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UK charity, inspired by Thandi tragedy, donates R1.2m to rhino conservation

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Lack of rhino poaching statistics unacceptable

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Even though Government has rated rhino poaching a priority crime this does not mean information as to the number of animals killed will be regularly made available.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, March 16, 2:58 PM

Sad, sad, sad!!!

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Drones Shut Down Rhino Poaching in This Park—Can They Save Africa’s Elephants Too?

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The flying robots predict where poachers will target wildlife and send in rangers to stop them before they can pull the trigger.
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Where is rhino kill information?

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With no official information from the Department of Environmental Affairs since January 22 on rhino killings, it appears South Africans are being kept in the dark as to whether or not the country is winning the war against rhino poaching.
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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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South Africa: Deadline Looms for Inputs On Rhino Horn Trade

The Department of Environmental Affairs has reminded interested parties, who want to make inputs to the Committee of Inquiry investigating the feasibility of rhino horn trade, that the deadline is 13 March.
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Rhinos without Border's mission to save South African rhinos from poaching and extinction

CBS News gets a rare look at the difficult work being done by a group literally lifting the giant animals out of the reach of brutal poachers
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Kenya: Police Officer Caught With Rhino Horn

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A Kenyan police officer and two other suspects have appeared in court over the illegal possession of rhino horn.

 

The officer was arrested with a piece of rhino horn weighing 600g (21oz), the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says.

 

Rhino horn is said to sell for around $65,000 (£43,200) per kg on the Asian black market....

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It continues to be worth the risk!

 

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VIDEO: Vietnamese consumers urged to reject rhino horn as a status symbol

VIDEO: Vietnamese consumers urged to reject rhino horn as a status symbol | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Famous Vietnamese comedian Chi Trung appears in the latest public service announcement (PSA) released by Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) illustrating the folly of purchasing rhino horn to demonstrate wealth or status.
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Way to go Save the Rhino and ENV

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