PRETORIA - The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mozambican and the South African governments a year ago has so far not saved the rhino or elephants from the South African side of the border.
Earlier this week, Microsoft shared data on the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Technology plays an important role for people and companies to do their parts to invigorate our planet. In Africa, technology is at the forefront of helping to sustain one of the most endangered species on the planet, the black rhinoceros.
Dr. Friedrich Reinhard owns a wildlife reserve in Namibia, and for 30 years he has been working with the government to stabilize, protect and help rebuild the population of black rhinos that has declined 96 percent in the last 50 years.
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WINDHOEK – Rhinos continue to die at the hands of suspected poachers in the country’s national parks, especially in Etosha.
The Director of Regional Services and Parks Management, Colgar Sikopo, yesterday confirmed the crisis.
He said some of the carcasses are old, while some have horns.
“We have a team busy investigating. We also suspect that some could have died of natural causes. We are going to examine each and every carcass to determine the root causes of their deaths,” said Sikopo.
Over the years, the ministry has been battling to bring the level at which the country’s rhino are being killed under control....
Five suspected rhino poachers were arrested in Gravelotte, Northern Province, in two separate incidents over the weekend‚ bringing the total of suspected poachers arrested in the province since the beginning of March to 21.
Government has again acknowledged, in reply to a Parliamentary question, that rhino poaching is a priority crime but the lack of regular poaching data remains worrying, according to the official opposition.
Pembient announced plans to produce the 3D printed horns at the start of 2015 and has now said it aims to release the first one in June. Limited quantities will be sold shortly after, with a portion of the sales going towards the protection and management of wild rhinos – the cost would be about a tenth of what rhino horns currently sell for. It hopes its product will provide an outlet in the same way faux fur did....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
I tend to agree with this... about changing behavior.
Colman O'Criodain, from the WWF, said there is already a great deal of fake horns in circulation that has not led to a decrease in poaching. He said: "In general, we favour trying to change consumer behaviour rather than pandering to it,"
As the scourge of poaching runs rife in Africa, one country seems to be standing its ground rather spectacularly well...
Speaking at WTM Africa in Cape Town, Ann Reilly, daughter of the legendary conservationist and head of Big Game Parks Ted Reilly, shared some insights into Swaziland's incredible conservation successes from the past few decades. ...
Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was given a boost when the park took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed anti-poaching trailer for use in the field.
.....At an event Friday sprinkled with celebrities and government representatives in the capital, activists discussed how to reverse the trend. Hong Hoang, director of local NGO Change, said she was hopeful the use of famous singers and actors could get the message to "stop the buying, stop the killing" across to consumers.
Hoang said it was important to change Vietnam's reputation as a destination for rhino horn.
The target markets are businessmen who earn more than $50,000 a year, government officials and those who drink rhino horn as a hangover cure.
Demand outstrips supply, with 75 percent to 90 percent of rhino horn on the market believed to be fake, Hoang said....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Did you know?
75% to 90% of rhino horn on the market in Vietnam is actually believed to be fake!
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