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Man linked to rhino poaching syndicate arrested

Man linked to rhino poaching syndicate arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Mozambican man believed to be linked to a rhino poaching syndicate was arrested on Thursday in the Ramotsahala informal settlement, near Rustenburg, in North West, the Hawks said.

 

Captain Paul Ramaloko said the 28-year-old was arrested by a task team investigating rhino poaching.

 

He had been linked to the eight men arrested last week, who were believed to be part of a rhino poaching syndicate.

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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 ;

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Nargis Fakhri joins the fight save the last White Rhino!

Nargis Fakhri joins the fight save the last White Rhino! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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

Texas hunter bags rhino on controversial Namibia hunt | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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

Nikela on Twitter - Black Rhino #WildlifeWednesday | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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

Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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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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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Iowa taxidermist pleads guilty to rhino horn trafficking

Iowa taxidermist pleads guilty to rhino horn trafficking | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Maquoketa resident James A. Hess ultimately pocketed between $15,000 and $16,000 from the illegal resale of two horns
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Rhino poachers target Kruger Park

Rhino poachers target Kruger Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Kruger National Park remains the hardest hit when it comes to rhino poaching - losing 290 animals of the 393 killed in South Africa by April, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at a briefing on Sunday.

 

While figures for the rest of South Africa show either a decrease or stabilisation compared to last year, numbers continue to increase in the Kruger National Park. By April 2014, the number of rhino lost to poachers was 331 for the whole of the country and 212 for the Kruger....

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A picture of loneliness: The last male northern white rhino

A picture of loneliness: The last male northern white rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The image of Sudan the rhino, surrounded by the armed guards who protect him from poachers, shows how little humans have learned since the ice age
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Thanks to those who protect this lonely soul.

 

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Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress in the war against poaching

Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress in the war against poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

We, as the Department of Environmental Affairs, remain committed to providing accurate, timely account in relation to this very important topic: the conservation of the iconic African rhino.

 

We recognize and note the vital role that the people of this country and media whom we often speak through, have to play; not just in awareness of our people but also to the conservation of the rhino. We also continue to recognize the importance of mobilizing public support for our efforts and campaigns to fight rhino poaching, as led by the government. We also remind you that the fight against rhino poaching is a fight to be waged by all of us.

 

This government will not win this battle alone, but through real tangible efforts by all of us.... 

 

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South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels

South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Despite more resources provided to curb the soaring number of rhino poaching, South Africa has seen an increase this year compared to last year.
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Positive results from UAV trial as anti-poaching tool in Kruger

Positive results from UAV trial as anti-poaching tool in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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?

SA rhino heading to Texas? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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

Auctioneer sentenced to 3 years for wildlife smuggling conspiracy | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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

These Baby Rhinos Are Growing Up Without Their Moms | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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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#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search

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

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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Rhino Numbers in Botswana Surge as Army Helps Beat Poachers

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Why can't our army do the same??

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Govt increases reward on rhino poaching

IN a desperate bid to track down elusive poachers, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has increased the reward money of whistle-blowers on poaching from N$30 000 to N$60 000.
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Vietnam arrests two over $1-million rhino horn haul

Vietnam arrests two over $1-million rhino horn haul | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Vietnamese police have arrested two men for transporting rhino horn worth an estimated $1-million (R12m), state media said on Monday, in the latest seizure of the prized animal part.

 

The pair were arrested as they left a railway station in central Nghe An province on Saturday carrying bags of rhino horn chunks weighing 37kg, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper said....

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$1-million!

What would you risk to get it?

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More people being convicted for rhino poaching

More people being convicted for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega says the increase in the number of arrests and convictions for rhino poaching is “heartening”

Addressing a conference in Pretoria on Sunday‚ Phiyega said between January and April this year 64 people had been arrested for poaching inside the Kruger National Park and 66 others outside the park.

 

“During the same four month period‚ we recovered 16 firearms‚ 99 rounds of ammunition‚ 9 vehicles‚ 13 rhino horns and 27 axes and knives‚” she said...

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