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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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This might be our biggest challenge to save them #RhinoFriday

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Is getting the 'good guys' to work together.

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Rhino becomes 'hope' against poaching - CNN Video

The University of Pretoria's Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp speaks to CNN Today about a new procedure he helped develop to save rhinos who are victims of poachers.
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WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade

WildAid warns against legalising rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

International Non-Profit Organisation, WildAid, has warned South African authorities against legalising the trade in rhino horn. The NGO says there has been a sharp increase in the trade of rhino horn. Over 1200 rhino were killed in South Africa in 2014. The CEO and founder of WildAid, Peter Knights says there has been a boom in the sale of the horn in Vietnam, partly due to the myth that it can cure cancer among other alleged medicinal properties. "Rhino horn consumption in Vietnam really only started maybe ten years ago. Before that it wasn't a problem but the growth of the economy, there have been rumours that rhino horn can cure cancer which caused an explosion in demand in Vietnam and we are now trying to address that." Knights say their experience shows banning the trade is the best policy. He adds that endorsing the practice will worsen the situation worldwide.

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Girl, 8, raises money, buys dogs to fight rhino poachers

Girl, 8, raises money, buys dogs to fight rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
An 8-year-old girl has handed two hunting dogs worth R100 000 each to the Marakele National Park to assist in the fight against rhino poachers, after raising money by selling sweets and chocolates.
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Rhino poached on North West farm

Rhino poached on North West farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The dehorned carcass of a rhino has been found on a farm near Koster, North West police have said. The carcass had been there for three weeks.
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My question is... did the rhino owners even know this rhino was missing?

From this report it appears not.

Which raises the second question... why was this rhino not being protected?

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Nargis Fakhri joins the fight save the last White Rhino!

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Nargis Fakhri makes waves where ever she goes, and this time she is headed to Sudan, to save rhino. In the next few days, she will be special celebrity guests to Ol Pejeta to meet Sudan the ‪#‎lastmalestanding. ..

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Texas hunter bags rhino on controversial Namibia hunt

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Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 in January 2014 for a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia. At last, the hunt is over.
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Sad report indeed!

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Nikela on Twitter - Black Rhino #WildlifeWednesday

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Happy #WildlifeWednesday! Did you know that black rhinos are also known as hook-lipped rhinos? http://bit.ly/1IKQEQt pic.twitter.com/tVdpH0oHid
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And why does the Black Rhino have a hook lip?

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Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana

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Beverly Joubert and her husband Dereck are spearheading a relocation project, called Rhinos Without Borders, that aims to move 100 rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer parks in Botswana. It’s the largest rhino airlift ever attempted, and the first ten transportees have been successfully released.
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Hawks prosecutor tells of rhino poachers' brutality

Hawks prosecutor tells of rhino poachers' brutality | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Hawks specialist prosecutor has told in gruesome details how poachers shoot and hack rhino before removing the horn - more often than not while the animal was still alive.
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Grab a tissue!

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#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search

#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Photos shared today via Twitter for the #StopKillingRhinos blitz.

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Look at what happened!

Hundreds, maybe thousands of photos for #StopKillingRhinos today tweeted on Twitter.

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#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search

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Join the riot today #stopkillingrhinos

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The top twitter trend of the day #stopkillingrhinos

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Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers

Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
New facility in Nairobi, first of its kind in east Africa, will collect and analyse DNA samples to help investigators identify the animal species killed by poachers
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Wildlife Veterinarians aka Medics in the Rhino Wars

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Without a doubt wildlife veterinarians are the rhinos’ heroes right along with the anti-poaching ranger.
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Rhino family found butchered and dehorned

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Three white rhino have been found brutally butchered and dehorned at Charters Creek, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population

NAIROBI, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Monday it has so far translocated 14 black rhinos from two national parks to boost populations of the iconic species.

 

KWS deputy spokesman Paul Muya said four rhinos were translocated from Nakuru and 10 others from Lewa National Parks to a sanctuary within the community owned and operated Sera Community Conservancy in Isiolo in eastern Kenya to help enhance protection and their comfort....

 

This will be the first time in East Africa a local community will be responsible for the protection and management of the highly threatened black rhino, signaling a mind shift in Kenya's conservation efforts....

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Rhino Mutilated By Poachers Is Given Second Chance By Helpers

Rhino Mutilated By Poachers Is Given Second Chance By Helpers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The poachers may have taken her horn, but they haven’t taken her life. A gentle rhino fights for her life after horrific attack.
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Positive results from UAV trial as anti-poaching tool in Kruger

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SANParks is, understandably, tight-lipped about intelligence provided by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently being tested in the Kruger National Park but indications are their performance has been positive.
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SA rhino heading to Texas?

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In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect South Africa's rhino from their biggest enemy - poachers.
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This would not be the first time rhino have been relocated from South Africa to Texas!

Read Mike Behr's account of his travels by ship with 10 rhino back in the days of Operation Rhino in the '70's.

 http://www.nikela.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Moving-Rhino-Mike-Behr.pdf ;

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Auctioneer sentenced to 3 years for wildlife smuggling conspiracy

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A Boynton Beach auctioneer who admitted he helped smuggle rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory to China was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison.
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The Black Mambas: Saving the Rhino - YouTube

In South Africa, reporter Evan Williams and director Laura Warner meet the Black Mambas: the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, who are battling to...
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Congrats to the Black Mambas and those who train and lead them.

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These Baby Rhinos Are Growing Up Without Their Moms

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For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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R 100 000 reward for info about rhino poaching at Lombardini

R 100 000 reward for info about rhino poaching at Lombardini | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

In these poaching incidents, a male as well as a female and her young calf were butchered. The state of the 4th poached rhino is unknown at present.

 

The Wilderness Foundation, through their Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative and along with the owner of Lombardini Game Reserve, Johan Lottering, are offering a R 100 000 reward for information leading to a successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in this incident....

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"Please Lord give us strength to do this"

"Please Lord give us strength to do this" | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Dr. William Fowlds is a wildlife vet extraordinaire who sees the horrors of rhino poaching each day. May his prayer be answered.

Read his gut wrenching account of his attempt to save such a rhino

 http://www.nikela.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/POACHED-1.pdf ;

#StopKillingRhinos

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Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
(GIN)–Thefts, murders and mutilation of Africa’s wildlife, from white rhinos to elephants with their prized horns and tusks are at an all-time high, say conservationists who are keeping track of the poaching of species by fortune-seeking hunters. To save the animals from further decimation, the U.S.-based Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) proposes moving about 1,000 of …
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