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Rhino poaching: Elevated to "Priority Crime"

Rhino poaching: Elevated to "Priority Crime" | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa’s Cabinet is taking unprecedented action to protect the rhino population after it finding that the country is under a “national security risk”.


Rhino poaching has now been elevated to a “priority crime” with investigations coordinated by the Hawks, and the SA National Defence Force has been deployed to assist with border security. Cabinet also wants to invest in drones and other new technology to detect poachers. It is the closest post-democracy South Africa has come to going to war – and it’s within our borders....

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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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South Africa: No Decision On Trade of Rhino Horn

South Africa has not taken a decision on making the trade of rhino horn illegal as an intervention to reduce rhino poaching.
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Campaign to Stop the Demand for Rhino Horn

Campaign to Stop the Demand for Rhino Horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
After a 12 month study to understand the Asian psyche Breaking the Brand launches their first advertising campaign to stop the demand for rhino horn.
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Six rhino poachers arrested in Limpopo

Six rhino poachers arrested in Limpopo | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Six suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Limpopo at the weekend, police said on Sunday.

 

“Limpopo police on Saturday made a major breakthrough when they arrested six suspected rhino poachers in Phalaborwa as well as in Hoedspruit,” spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

 

Police in Hoedspruit tracked the movements of three suspicious-looking individuals on Friday in the Kruger National Park....

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Kruger Park's sugar road to rhino hell

Kruger Park's sugar road to rhino hell | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Mozambican poachers infiltrating the Kruger National Park to kill rhinos have found a “highway” through the sugar cane fields of a neighbouring property, say anti-poaching operatives.

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Tulsa Zoo cuts moving, building costs while finishing work on rhino exhibit set to open next week

Tulsa Zoo cuts moving, building costs while finishing work on rhino exhibit set to open next week | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Tulsa Zoo will soon open its new multi-million dollar rhinoceros exhibit after more than a year of construction.
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Spent many pleasant hours with my daughter and grandchildren at this zoo several years back.

Two rhino are being moved to a much larger, freer area. 

Hope all goes well.

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Cute rhino pic... For a change

Cute rhino pic... For a change | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“Not every image in our anti poaching work is bad, here is little Misinzo, born this summer in Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/LAjrXuYeW4”
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South Africa anti-poaching sting uncovers rhino horns

South Africa anti-poaching sting uncovers rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“A South Africa anti-poaching operation resulted in the confiscation of 90 pounds of rhino horn, officials said Saturday. Two suspects were arrested in the South Africa anti-poaching sting.”
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Mozambique: Agreement On Fight Against Wildlife Crime

Mozambique: Agreement On Fight Against Wildlife Crime | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Mozambican government on 29 October in Maputo signed an agreement with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Peace Parks Foundation to fight wildlife crime.
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Poachers nabbed in largest rhino horn haul by 2 Vietnamese

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African authorities have arrested two Vietnamese men in possession of 41 kg of rhino horn, the largest haul nabbed in the country battling to stave off poaching of its dwindling stock of the wild animals. The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is being decimated by poachers who supply a demand for horns for decorative and supposed medicinal purposes especially in Asian countries. A total of 933 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the year to Oct
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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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Two Rhino Stories: Courage and Hope vs Greed and Disaster

Two Rhino Stories: Courage and Hope vs Greed and Disaster | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Life in African Wildlife Conservation is like a roller coaster ride of highs and lows as illustrated by these two rhino stories.
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Sars customs seize rhino horn, perlemoen

Sars customs seize rhino horn, perlemoen | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino horn and perlemoen are among illicit goods worth millions seized by SA Revenue Service customs officials in October.
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Insight into the Rhino Poaching Crisis

Insight into the Rhino Poaching Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Limited technology, military protection, dedication, political will and location may all impact the rhino poaching crisis.
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13 men charged with stealing rhino horns and museum antiquities

13 men charged with stealing rhino horns and museum antiquities | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Police investigating a team of jewel and rhino horn thieves dubbed the “Rathkeale Rovers” have charged 13 men over a string of museum raids across the country that netted millions of pounds’ worth of precious artefacts.
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'Rhino poacher' shot in Hluhluwe

'Rhino poacher' shot in Hluhluwe | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

He was among three people arrested after a shoot-out with police inside the reserve on Monday, Major Thulani Zwane said.

 

They were spotted entering the reserve around 4.30pm. When the police approached them the suspected poachers fired shots at the police who returned fire.

 

One suspect was wounded and taken to hospital under police guard, Zwane said.

 

"He was found in possession of a 308 hunting rifle with five live rounds. The other suspects were also arrested and found in possession of [an] axe."

 

The three, aged between 31 and 55, would appear in the Hluhluwe Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of illegal hunting of rhino and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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Has Demand for Rhino Horn Truly Dropped in Vietnam?

Has Demand for Rhino Horn Truly Dropped in Vietnam? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Recently, the Humane Society International (HSI) and the Vietnam CITES Management Authority (MA) announced that in the last year there has been a 77 percent decrease in the number of people who buy or use rhino horn in Hanoi. If accurate, this finding is an incredibly promising sign of success. Nevertheless, the announcement was met with skepticism by many conservationists, demanding greater scrutiny of the findings. With that in mind, here are some key questions we should be asking....

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South Africa: Passengers From Maputo Detained With 41 Kilos of Rhino Horn

South Africa: Passengers From Maputo Detained With 41 Kilos of Rhino Horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“The South African authorities have announced the seizure on Friday of the largest ever haul of rhinoceros horns.”
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Boulder filmmaker exposes rhino poaching and the underground rhino horn trade

Boulder filmmaker exposes rhino poaching and the underground rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
“ A former English teacher is on a mission to expose illegal poaching has taken her around the globe.”
Via Trevor TQ Harvey
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tanya van zyl's curator insight, November 4, 7:17 AM

Boulder #Filmmaker exposes #RhinoPoaching and the underground rhino #HornTrade

A former English teacher is on a mission to expose #IllegalPoachinghas taken her around the globe . 

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Namibia: Reward for Info On Etosha Rhino Poaching

A REWARD of N$30 000 is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for the poaching of a rhinoceros in Namibia's premier wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park, about a week ago.
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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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