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CNN: What we can do about the poaching crisis

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
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Cousteau says we can:

1) Get the leaders of our nations to demand putting a stop to the poaching that is creating economic instability and national security risks

2) Be more aware of the products we purchase to make sure they do not contain illegal wildlife body parts

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So many stories! Here's a quick look at the good, bad, ugly and encouraging RHINO NEWS
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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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The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis

The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Daily, we read or hear of more rhino being poached to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand from Asia for rhino horn. With countless articles and papers having been published on the subject - and the Internet abuzz with forums, including heated debates concerning possible solutions - current approaches seem to be failing. Evidence is in the numbers. Known poaching deaths in South Africa have risen sharply over the past three years: 668 rhinos in 2012, 1,004 last year, and 899 through the first
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Dehorning to Save Rhinos from Poachers

Dehorning to Save Rhinos from Poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Photos and process of how to save a rhino crash from poachers by dehorning is one of several methods tried by rhino owners.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, October 27, 1:31 PM

This should not have to be necessary!

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Unable to protect rhinos, Kruger Park opens auction on endangered species

Unable to protect rhinos, Kruger Park opens auction on endangered species | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Feeding Asia’s demand for rhino horn, poachers attack relentlessly, so the endangered animals will be auctioned off to safer homes
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Sad state of affairs to be sure :(

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, October 21, 3:22 PM

Do they guarantee that they will go to a safer place or will they  once again be hunted and killed?

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When Laws Favor Bad Guys Endangered Rhinos are Losers

When Laws Favor Bad Guys Endangered Rhinos are Losers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Laws should protect endangered rhinos but in South Africa there appears to be a problem.
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Rhino poacher's sentence reduced

Rhino poacher's sentence reduced | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Thai national convicted of illegal trade in rhino horn had his sentence reduced from 30 to 13 years by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this week.
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Jack, a dog trained to track rhino poachers, was stolen...

Rhino-Tracker Dog Taken in South African Truck Theft, SAPA Says.Jack, a dog trained to track rhino poachers, was stolen with its owner’s pick-up truck at a shop
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Greenwich Teen Writes Book To Tell Tale Of Endangered Black Rhinos | The Greenwich Daily Voice

Greenwich Teen Writes Book To Tell Tale Of Endangered Black Rhinos | The Greenwich Daily Voice | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Jack Jones has been traveling to Africa every summer since he was a young child, which inspired him to write a children's book about his newest friend there: Chizi, the black rhino.

 

Chizi is a 2-year-old rhino who was discovered abandoned in Zimbabwe by two park rangers. Park Ranager Colin Wenham took Chizi home with him. He, his wife and two children have been raising Chizi until he is old enough to be released back into the wild....

 

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Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger

Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three heroic women save a black rhino by reporting poachers to Kruger authorities.
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Makes me ask just how much I'm paying attention... Thanks Ladies for being aware and taking action.
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Two suspected rhino poachers escape from police cells

Two suspected rhino poachers escape from police cells | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two men arrested for suspected rhino poaching have escaped from police cells at Vaalwater outside Lephalale in Limpopo.
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We ask, "How can this happen?"

My mother who just returned from Europe says that in some countries there after two speeding tickets you lose your driver's license... for life. Not only that, your car is confiscated and auctioned off.

Political will... there really is something to it!

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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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U.S. Indictment Accuses South African Brothers of Trafficking Rhino Horns

U.S. Indictment Accuses South African Brothers of Trafficking Rhino Horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Safari outfitters allegedly duped hunters into paying extra to illegally shoot rhinos...

 

The Groenewald brothers own and operate Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, an outfitter that organizes and conducts trips in private hunting areas in Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, including at their 10,600-acre (4,300-hectare) game farm, Prachtig, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of the town of Musina, in South Africa's Limpopo Province.

 

U.S. authorities will be seeking to extradite the brothers from South Africa....

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Way to Go!

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Misappropriation of ivory funds threatens rhino horn sale

Misappropriation of ivory funds threatens rhino horn sale | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Misappropriation in a fund meant to hold proceeds of ivory sale could stymie plans to legally sell rhino horn, writes Sipho Kings.
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Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct

Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The northern white rhinoceros is one step closer to extinction with the death of Suni, one of only two breeding males left of the subspecies.
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Watch 'best friends' baby rhino and kid goat playing together

#The adorable pair lark around at a game reserve in South Africa and are regularly seen clowning around with each other at the centre

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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter.
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Moving forward...

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Rebecca Delabrer's curator insight, September 28, 2:37 PM

Poaching has become a huge problem in Africa and anti-poaching operations have advanced to helicopters to keep the skies busy and the ground free of poachers. The helicopter can be used at night as well and it able to contact military and ranger patrols on the ground. 200+ million dollars has been donated by a single donor to the organization to help stop rhino poaching.

Poachers make me mad. It's illegal in the first place but a lot of rich people think they can do what they want and they just do it for the sport. They don't even use the whole animal they just take the parts that they want. No not all the people that poach are rich but a vast majority of them are. I'm glad that the organization is finally getting some air support to help stop poachers.

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SANParks employees accused of poaching remanded

SANParks employees accused of poaching  remanded | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three SANParks employees accused of poaching rhino in the Kruger National Park have been remanded in custody.
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New rhino ad in Vietnam targets businessmen

New rhino ad in Vietnam targets businessmen | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Businessmen are pictured in darkly lit conference rooms, at their desks or at prayer… A new Vietnamese advertising campaign, launched, might seem like the usual corporate stock, but it is the unlikely face of a new anti-rhino poaching initiative spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa....


...It was the demand of a largely upper-middle class population that was behind the sudden spike in rhino deaths post-2007....


...the rhino horn market as being made up of affluent, middle-aged males almost always working in a corporate environment in Vietnam.

While the perception is that Asian markets value rhino horn because of its supposed medicinal qualities, Shaw said it was steadily becoming a symbol of “power and wealth”....

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Love this new ad... based on research..

Similar to Breaking the Brand's campaign strategy.

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South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Ringleader, Nine Accomplices Nabbed

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Ringleader, Nine Accomplices Nabbed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Hawks have arrested a suspected rhino poaching ringleader and his nine accomplices for their alleged involvement in a string of rhino-poaching and related activities in the country.
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Poachers beware! #Parabot is after you [AAD141] - IHS Jane's 360

Poachers beware! #Parabot is after you [AAD141] - IHS Jane's 360 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Towering over the exhibition site, the 9.7m tall #Parabot has come to AAD with a purpose: to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife, particularly the rhino. The problem is huge: so far this year more than 760 rhinos have been taken by poachers in South Africa, and the Kruger National Park has borne the brunt.

 

Topped with a giant horn, the one-tonne ‘Transformer’- like #Parabot is based on Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6 armoured vehicle. As well as standing as a timely symbol of resistance to the rhino trade just days before World Rhino Day on 22 September, #Parabot also highlights the part the defence industry can play in stopping poaching by providing equipment, technology and training....

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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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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, September 13, 12:56 PM

Sad, sad news.....!