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....
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.
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.
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....
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.
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. ..
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.
(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 …
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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