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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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Make or break year for South Africa’s rhinos after poaching hits record high

Make or break year for South Africa’s rhinos after poaching hits record high | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Despite increased efforts to tackle the surge in rhino poaching, a record 1215 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2014.
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Help Kids Save Wildlife with T-shirts

Help Kids Save Wildlife with T-shirts | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Double Your Donation! Transformation is what best describes what happens to Sheila's Kids. Help provide reward t-shirts to save wildlife.
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Sheila you are amazing! Thank you!!

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Suspected rhino horn smugglers arrested in Kruger Park

Suspected rhino horn smugglers arrested in Kruger Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two suspected rhino horn smugglers were arrested inside the Kruger National Park on Tuesday morning, the Hawks said. "[The Hawks] have arrested two suspects allegedly involved in the transportation of stolen vehicles across [the park], smuggling of rhino horns and explosives," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. A large sum of money was seized from the men, aged 36 and 39, who were thought to be part of a syndicate. Both men were out on bail for crimes in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. They would appear in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.  -Sapa 
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Rhino Killed by Poachers in Namibia’s Etosha National Park

A rhino was killed by poachers in Namibia’s
vast Etosha National Park, the fourth to be hunted in the
reserve, the country’s environment and tourism ministry said.
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Rhinos 'could become extinct in just over 10 years time' if poaching continues

Rhinos 'could become extinct in just over 10 years time' if poaching continues | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A shocking 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone during the last year, according to South Africa's National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit.

 

This alarming figure is DOUBLE the amount that were poached in South Africa three years ago, and it has risen a staggering 9,000 per cent in just seven years....

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Could Southern White Rhinos assist in a Northern White Rhino comeback?

Could Southern White Rhinos assist in a Northern White Rhino comeback? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
From Gregory Warner for NPR: Now another plan is being considered: To extract a northern white rhino egg, fertilize it with frozen northern white rhino sperm and implant it the surrogate womb of a ...
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A calf for Thandi, South Africa's poaching survivor

A calf for Thandi, South Africa's poaching survivor | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Thandi, the rhino that survived an attack by poachers almost three years ago, has given birth to a calf, much to the delight of her caretakers at Kariega Game Reserve outside Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.

Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/news/rhino-140115.htm#.VLeIjCuUffc#ixzz3Osfx8s70

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Boynton auction house president guilty of wildlife smuggling

Boynton auction house president guilty of wildlife smuggling | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The president of a luxury Boynton Beach auction house pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory to China.
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White Rhino face a dark future

White Rhino face a dark future | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
With rhinoceros horn worth more than its weight in gold, poaching has reached record levels, 1004 rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa alone in 2013.
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On this Memorial Service day for Dr. Ian Player we honor his work to save the White Rhino by sharing these facts about the once again imperiled species. 

#wildlifewednesday

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Namibia: Trust wants money to protect rhino with drones

Namibia: Trust wants money to protect rhino with drones | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A private conservation trust in Namibia says it aims to raise five million Namibian dollars to acquire flight drones to battle rhino poaching in remote areas.
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Corrupt cop caught in rhino poaching sting

An undercover operation by the South African Police Service bared fruit on Friday when a police officer suspected of corrupt and criminal activities took the bait in the form of two rhino horn and was subsequently arrested near Ubombo in KwaZulu-Natal.
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Helping Endangered Species From Space

Helping Endangered Species From Space | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Official figures suggest this year will be the deadliest yet for rhinos, breaking the 2013 record of 1004 deaths from poaching. A new idea using space telescope technology could help rangers in their difficult fight against illegal hunters.

 

Three students from Cranfield University in the UK are drawing on high-resolution imaging technology originally developed for space telescopes, using it in an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, to help rangers in their battle against poachers....

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Second South Florida man nabbed in illegal trade of rhino horns

Second South Florida man nabbed in illegal trade of rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
An antiques dealer has agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines in hopes of winning a lighter sentence for trafficking in endangered rhino horn, elephant ivory and protected coral.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, January 24, 8:32 AM

If he can pay so much in fines how much is he making.........he needs to face the full might of the law and be locked up for good!

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Rhino poaching hits record high in South Africa... again!

Rhino poaching hits record high in South Africa... again! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Driven by unquenched demand for horns, illegal gangs are gunning down rhinos in some of the country's best protected parks
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VIDEO: Will cycles 15,000 miles in aid of rhino charity

VIDEO: Will cycles 15,000 miles in aid of rhino charity | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Ballymena man has cycled 15,000 miles over a 184-day period to raise money and awareness for wildlife charity Save the Rhino.
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Could Kunene rhino deaths be Symptomatic of Namibia's bigger problem?

Could Kunene rhino deaths be Symptomatic of Namibia's bigger problem? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) has launched an internal investigation after the Board was presented with a letter mid-December outlining possible collusion between some staff members and poachers who have killed at least 17 critically endangered Kunene black rhinos since late 2012. The crisis at the SRT is, however, just part of a larger one in anti-poaching law enforcement and natural resource management in the so-called ‘Big Three’ communal conservancies - Palmwag, Abenab and Sesfontein - in Namibia's southern Kunene. By JOHN GROBLER.
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American's Bid to Take Home Rhino Head Stokes Hunting Debate

American's Bid to Take Home Rhino Head Stokes Hunting Debate | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
U.S. agency faces unprecedented pressure from those opposed to rhino hunt.
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Run away rhino: 3 rhinos escape safari park in Israel

Run away rhino: 3 rhinos escape safari park in Israel | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Three rhinos did not miss their big opportunity to make a break from a safari park in Israel.According to the park, these three rhinos escaped while the guard was sleeping!

 

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Watch Our HBO Report on the Illicit Rhino-Horn Trade

Watch Our HBO Report on the Illicit Rhino-Horn Trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
In the fourth episode of the second season of "VICE," Thomas Morton heads to Syria to take a look at the front line of the battle for a Kurdish state, and Vikram Gandhi traces the illicit rhino horn trade.
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South Africa to sell rhinos in an effort to halt Kruger poaching... again!

South Africa to sell rhinos in an effort to halt Kruger poaching... again! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Efforts to halt escalating rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park are not delivering results, prompting SANParks to sell 200 rhinos, which will go to safer environments.
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VIDEO: The Rhino's Song

VIDEO: The Rhino's Song | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Three young people capture the essence of what needs to happen to save the rhino.

Great day to revisit as we remember Dr. Ian Player and his work.

#wildlifewednesday

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UK: Protecting South African rhinos with space telescope technology

UK: Protecting South African rhinos with space telescope technology | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A record-number of rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014, but the creatures could soon be getting a new ally in their fight for survival – the European Space Agency (ESA)....

 

Students from Cranfield University in the UK are using high-resolution imaging technology originally developed by the ESA for use in space telescopes, mounting it to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and using it to help rangers in their efforts to protect African rhinos.

 

“Our proposal intends to develop lightweight and autonomous UAVs for observing in two main sectors: wildlife conservation, and search and rescue,” said Idriss Sisaid, who along with fellow students Enrique Garcia Bourne and Edward Anastassacos won the ESA Technology Transfer Program Office’s 2014 Space Solutions University (S2UN) Challenge.


Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1113310520/protecting-south-african-rhinos-with-space-telescope-technology-010815/#ez6ePlpiwQryTx2z.99 ;

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2014 Rhino Poaching Stats

2014 Rhino Poaching Stats | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Four rhinos, including calf killed in KZN

Four rhinos, including calf killed in KZN | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three adult male white rhinos and one calf were found dead at Mkhuze Game Reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal.
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