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SA’s rhino-poaching toll reaches 588

SA’s rhino-poaching toll reaches 588 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
SOUTH Africa has lost 588 rhinos to poaching in 2012 so far, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Tuesday.

 

"The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that 588 rhino have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246," the department said in a statement.

 

The country has lost 140 more rhino than the 448 poached in 2011, while 224 poachers were arrested last year and 165 the year before.

According to the latest figures, 39 rhinos have been killed since the middle of November.

 

The Kruger National Park has been the hardest hit, with 362 rhinos lost to poaching. The North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces collectively lost 186 rhinos.

 

Earlier this month, North West Premier Thandi Modise said the South African National Defence Force could be called in to help prevent poaching in the province after it emerged that eight rhinos were killed in North West in one weekend, seven on one farm.

 

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is still studying a report from rhino issue manager Mavuso Msimang on how South Africa can better protect its rhinos. She has delayed any possible representation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) on South Africa trading in stockpiled rhino horn until 2016.

 

Cites meets next year, but the deadline for submissions to Cites expired before Mr Msimang’s report was finalised.

 

Ms Modise said there was a need to clamp down on illegally issued hunting permits, and communities in the proximity of game parks and farms had to be educated and be involved in nature conservation, tourism and anti-poaching strategies.

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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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Nine people arrested for rhino poaching

Nine people were arrested in Limpopo and North West at the weekend for suspected rhino poaching, police said on Monday.
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Vietnam diva in South Africa to help protect rhinos

Vietnam diva in South Africa to help protect rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A celebrated Vietnamese singer is in South Africa to observe rhinos in the wilderness and speak out against the rampant poaching of the animal and the use of its horns among Asian countries, including Vietnam
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Hope she's able to make a difference when she gets home.

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Billionaire Rupert Says Dutch Lottery Refunded for Rhino Failure

South African billionaire Johann Rupert, chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation, said the conservation group has returned about $2 million in funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery after a method it backed to combat rhino poaching failed.
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RHINO FRIDAY Wacky Hats Fund Baby Rhino Ambulance

RHINO FRIDAY Wacky Hats Fund Baby Rhino Ambulance | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Join the fun and help OSCAP outfit another baby rhino ambulance to rescue calves orphaned by poachers.
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What do wacky hats have to do with rhino calves?

Apparently quite a bit this World Rhino Day.

Have some fun and snap a selfie with a wacky hat.

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Video: Meet the soldiers fighting to end Rhino Genocide

Video: Meet the soldiers fighting to end Rhino Genocide | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Yahoo Travel has launched a new video series, “A Broad, Abroad,” featuring Editor-in-Chief Paula Froelich, the first travel adventure show with a female lead.

 

Follow Paula every week as she uncovers some of the most far off places on earth, exposing the weirdest, wonkiest, wildest places in our modern world. At each destination Paula will venture off the beaten path into the most intriguing parts of town that most tourists never see....

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Dr Hector Magome speaks out on SANParks Rhino Sale

Dr Hector Magome speaks out on SANParks Rhino Sale | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

“In this sad saga, rhinos and South Africa are the only losers. The 500
rhinos that could have been removed this year remain trapped in the
Kruger in a raging war of bullets.”

— Dr Hector Magome

Confusion around the SANParks sale and removal of 260 rhinos has deepened after the man accused of making an unauthorised decision to sell the Kruger National Park animals has spoken out in his defence....

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Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger

Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Exhausted rhino orphan looks for comfort and shade with cars in the Kruger.
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S Africa tries new hi-tech system at Kruger park to save rhino from poachers

S Africa tries new hi-tech system at Kruger park to save rhino from poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.

 

The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in escalating numbers for their prized horns, alarming both conservationists and the government since wildlife in South Africa is an important tourist draw.

 

“ShotSpotter”, a product of privately-held California company SST Incorporated, has previously been used in crime-ridden urban US neighbourhoods to alert police to weapons fire...

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Hmm! Another "after the rhino is dead" system to catch poachers!

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Rangers of private concession within KNP busted with rhino horn

Rangers of private concession within KNP busted with rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three rangers of Shishangeni Private Lodge, a private concession within the park, removed the horns and smuggled it out of the park
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So tragic!

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Traumatized Humans: Another Rhino Crisis (Part 3)

Traumatized Humans: Another Rhino Crisis (Part 3) | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Do soldiers, veterans, rangers, and veterinarians in combat zones have similar experiences of Brotherhood? Are they traumatized humans or no?
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South Africa’s Plan to Move Rhinos May Not Stop Poaching

South Africa’s Plan to Move Rhinos May Not Stop Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa's flagship Kruger Park, home to the world's largest population of rhinos, is on the frontlines of a poaching war. The government has announced a plan to move up to 500 rhinos i...
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Poachers put rhino farmers out of business

Poachers put rhino farmers out of business | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa is selling live rhinos for a fraction of the price their horns would fetch on the black market, officials admitted yesterday
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This has been the sad reality for too long... rhino being worth more dead than alive!

Rhino and other wildlife will not be safe until we take the price tag off their head.

Sure you may say this is idealistic... however, we (in Western countries around the world) spend millions on frivolous trinkets and luxuries... what if we gave up some of our habits and donated that money so that rhino and other species could live free in natural habitats preserved just for them.

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Quick Summary of Rhino Poaching Crisis

Quick Summary of Rhino Poaching Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
For retired army general Johan Jooste, the fight against rhino poaching in the vast Kruger National Park (KNP) is far from being won.
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Dutch and Swedish grants for rhinos

Dutch and Swedish grants for rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Durban - The fight against rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal has received a R26.8-million boost, thanks to a Dutch and Swedish grant.

The amount is part of a R218m grant from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries to the Peace Parks Foundation....

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Beautiful Rhino Sculptures to Save Rhino

A local man who by day works at Disney's Animal Kingdom caring for rhinos is spending his off time helping ensure the survival of the rhinoceros. Chad Harmon of the Horns and Heroes Project is making a global difference through art by enlisting the help of a local business and creative talents of different types of artists. Rhino busts were cast from molds at a local business, then handed out to sculptors, photographers, illustrators, and tattoo and graffiti artists.
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Poaching Update: More Than 730 Rhinos Killed So Far This Year

Poaching Update: More Than 730 Rhinos Killed So Far This Year | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As the poaching crisis continues, more than 730 rhinos have been killed in South Africa so far this year, fast approaching a deadly record.
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Sad, sad news.....!

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Tourists come face to face with rhino poaching in Kruger

Tourists come face to face with rhino poaching in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa’s premier game reserve home to the Big Five, elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo is no safe haven from rhino poaching.

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, September 13, 1:01 PM

This is because poachers have free entry into South Africa from Mozambique!!! Please sign and share this petition! Thank you! 

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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Fundraisers and SA National Parks Getting Rich from Rhino Crisis

Fundraisers and SA National Parks Getting Rich from Rhino Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Sunday Times, September 7, 2014

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Minister Edna Molewa’s remarks on rhino poaching debate | Department of Environmental Affairs

The fight to save the rhino goes way beyond the protection of a species. It is inextricably tied to our South African heritage. There are those who would ask why, with all the challenges we face as a country to build a better life for all: do we place the conservation of animals at the center of national debate.

 

The answer is a simple one. It is because protection of our natural resources lies at the heart of what makes us South Africans: our love for this beautiful land. Which is why we will not be complacent as our national security is breached, and criminals decimate our wildlife, among the most abundant in the world.

 

South Africa has always been, and remains, the home of the rhino. Despite the onslaught of human encroachment over the centuries, and man’s often-cruel pursuit of these animals, they have endured. And here, in the southernmost tip of Africa, they are home. Eighty-two percent of Africa’s rhino can be found in South Africa. Ninety three percent of white rhino and 39% of black rhino are here.

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Tourists find rhino stumbling in pain after its horn is hacked off

Tourists find rhino stumbling in pain after its horn is hacked off | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Footage of the animal staggering along a road with his horn hacked off was filmed by horrified tourists and uploaded to YouTube.
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This is NOT a new case! This story was posted back in March of 2014

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Rhino Horn ‘Infusion’ Claims Under Scrutiny in South Africa

Rhino Horn ‘Infusion’ Claims Under Scrutiny in South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Scientists are refuting claims that rhino horns can be "infused" with toxins.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Is the issue really about the infusion or is it about keeping horn clean for consumption?

 

Sad situation. If rhino infusion works or not... what was working it seems is the fear that rhino horns were poisoned and hazardous to the consumers health. Isn't that a good  thing?

 

Supposedly most reserves were the rhino were treated poachers stayed away. Isn't that a good thing?  

 

If it stops the poachers (even some of the  time) doesn't that count for something?

 

If everyone was truly purely concerned about the safety and protection of the rhino wouldn't we do just about anything... even perpetuate a counter myth if necessary... to stop the killing?

 

 

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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Gode Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grant

It is everyone’s responsibility.  Far too many elephants, rhinos, and other animals are dying at the hands of poachers.  And this senseless slaughter has ripple effects throughout society. 

 

As President Barack Obama has said, wildlife trafficking is truly a cross-cutting issue that undermines security across nations.  Here in Kenya, poaching endangers this country’s natural heritage, but also jeopardizes jobs for the many Kenyans working in wildlife tourism.  Communities are caught in the crosshairs of violence.  Park rangers are killed.  For all these reasons, stopping poaching is critical to Kenya, to the region, and to the world....

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Comedians join anti-poaching trail

Comedians join anti-poaching trail | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
WINDHOEK- If Rhinos could talk, what will they say? Will they tell us the love lost at the hand of the poacher? To save our rhinos Spoken Word, in collaboration with Institute for the Environment, Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia (IECN) presented Love not lost: A rhino’s love story last Saturday at the Warehouse Theatre. The poets presented passionate and soulful poetry to help save the rhino. They expressed their feeling and sympathy for the rhino that are being killed for their horns.
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MPs to hold public hearings on rhino poaching

MPs to hold public hearings on rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Parliament's portfolio committee on environmental affairs will start public hearings on rhino poaching on Thursday to consult with rural communities and secure their help in fighting it.
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Are drones legal in South Africa: what the law really says

Are drones legal in South Africa: what the law really says | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Desert Wolf's controversial crowd control drone would not be able to take off under South African law....

 

So, the burning question of the day: if mining companies purchase the Skunk crowd control drone to use against pit head protesters, would they legally be allowed to fly them in South Africa? It’s a topical question, and one which – from a purely aeronautical point of view – we happen to have the answer to....

 

Read on:

http://www.htxt.co.za/2014/06/19/are-drones-legal-in-south-africa-what-the-law-really-says/ ;

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