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No fly zones over KZN rhino - good and bad!

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is considering making KwaZulu-Natal's game reserves no fly zones for private aircraft to help curb rhino poaching...

 

http://www.news24.com/Green/News/No-fly-zones-over-KZN-rhino-20130522

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No fly zone over the KZN game reserves may be good and bad. Good as it will end legal way for poachers to fly over the parks (which they'll then do illegally?) And bad as it will prevent private security companies from doing their patroling as is the case with the Kruger National Park.

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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 1, 11:35 PM

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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Parliament Must Convene Special Inquiry Into Rhino Poaching Crisis

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, Jackson Mthembu, to request that a special inquiry be launched into the current Rhino poaching crisis.
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Eleven in Pta court for rhino poaching

Eleven in Pta court for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.
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Who benefited from sale of Kruger National Park rhinos?

DA MP says it is increasingly clear the rhino poaching crisis is running out of control

 

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, Jackson Mthembu, to request that a special inquiry be launched into the current Rhino poaching crisis.

 

Specifically, Parliament needs to be briefed by the Department  - and its entities  -  on all their plans to protect this endangered animal and the reasons why we are losing the war against rhino poaching.  

 

This follows reports today that South African National Parks's (SANParks) plan to remove over 500 rhinos from the Kruger National Park - and place them in ‘secret locations'  - is mired in controversy.

 

The report has found that:

 

The relocation plan was suspended due to political infighting at SANParks;

It is alleged that all contracts and projects relating to former SANParks CEO, David Mabunda, and suspended Head of Conservation Services, Dr. Hector Magome, have been shelved or cancelled. This includes a three-year contract to risk mitigation and security services company, Pathfinder, to provide intelligence to the Kruger National Park on poachers and syndicates operating in the area;

That 250 of these 500 rhino have been sold to private buyers to fund the relocation of the remaining number. It is not clear why all 500 could be moved to safe locations, and why there isn't a budget to do this;

Lastly, questions remain as to who has benefited from the private sale of these rhino from the park and whether all funds are being used for its conservation.

 

What is becoming increasingly clear is that the neither the Department nor SANParks have this crisis under control.... 

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The town that thrives on rhino horn

The town that thrives on rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Kabok, Western Mozambique - You can’t find this town on Google Earth, and it appears on no maps.

 

From space all it is is a scatter of buildings that straddle the only tar road that cuts through this remote part of western Mozambique....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 18, 6:57 AM

One can't find it on any map but look at mansions being build.......with blood money!

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Shop owner’s conviction shows Miami’s link to global black market in rhino horn

Shop owner’s conviction shows Miami’s link to global black market in rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The conviction of a Biscayne Boulevard shop owner this month was the latest crackdown by a federal task force targeting illegal trafficking in a substance that costs more per ounce than cocaine, or even gold.

Black rhino horn.

 

The horns, prized in some Asian nations as popular but unproven folk remedies, are at the center of an international black market with a hub in South Florida. High prices and demand have triggered a poaching bloodbath in Africa that threatens the survival of black rhinos and fueled a growing illegal trade in old taxidermy mounts from museums or private collections.

 

It’s a criminal network run like sex, gun and drug trafficking and is often linked to the same players, said Edward Grace, assistant director for the U.S. Department of Justice’s division of Wildlife Law Enforcement, which oversees a multiagency investigative effort called “Operation Crash.” Crash is another name for a herd of rhino.....


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/15/4237579/shop-owners-conviction-shows-miamis.html#storylink=cpy ;

 

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Rhino poaching - the question which can't be answered

Rhino poaching - the question which can't be answered | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Billions of Rands, highly trained special forces, bi-lateral agreements between nations, an together with international spotlight focused on anti-poaching efforts and still, nearly three rhino are poached a day. Why?
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With all the money, highly trained people, agreements, and international spotlight.... why does the poaching continue?

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Would-be smuggler jailed 9 yrs over fake rhino horn

Would-be smuggler jailed 9 yrs over fake rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A 28-YEAR-OLD Gweru man will spend nine years behind bars after he was arrested by police detectives with a fake rhino horn, which he intended to smuggle into South Africa through Beitbridge Border Post.

 

Alert detectives intercepted Berlin Chenje Mabika in the border town when he was about to sell the horn to a Zimbabwean man who is based in Musina, South Africa on Tuesday afternoon. -

 

See more at: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-50436.html#sthash.ZxWUtIbq.dpuf  

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Killed for Useless Detox Drinks and Needless Business Gifts

Killed for Useless Detox Drinks and Needless Business Gifts | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

An unborn rhino foetus removed from its dead and dehorned mother. In this poaching incident a wildlife ranger was also killed. It is not good enough for Vietnamese businessmen to try to disassociate themselves from this killing spree by saying “We don’t do the poaching, we only buy the horn”....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 13, 6:23 AM

This is the death and destruction that poachers cause ........surely you cannot look at this and then do nothing!!!

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POACHED! Now Available in Three Languages

POACHED! Now Available in Three Languages | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Announcement! Free ebook POACHED! Tragic tale of Dr. Fowlds heroic attempt to save Geza, now available in three languages. English, Cantonese, Mandarin.
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Mozambique poachers given 16 years behind bars for killing rhino

Mozambique poachers given 16 years behind bars for killing rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Two Mozambicans who killed and dehorned a white rhino were each handed 16-year sentences by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.

Joseph Ephraim Bila and Ndombama Salvatore Nkuna were sentenced to 10 years for killing the rhino, four years for trespassing and carrying out a restricted activity in a restricted area, and six years for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition....

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Kids Protest! Urge Hong Kong Museum of Art to remove ivory and rhino horn exhibits

Kids Protest! Urge Hong Kong Museum of Art to remove ivory and rhino horn exhibits | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

About 20 people gathered outside the Museum of Art in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday morning to protest against an exhibition of artefacts made from rhino horn and elephant ivory.

 

The demonstrators, many of them children, waved placards outside the Salisbury Road museum, accusing it of benefiting the black-market trade in the items.

 

The museum is hosting until September 28 the exhibition of 270 Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasty (1644-1911) objects made exclusively for the imperial court. The artefacts are from local man C.P.Lin's personal collection...

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Way to go KIDS!

 

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 8, 12:23 AM

Thank you to all the kids involved! You are stars!!!!

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Conservation experts to meet over upswing in animal poaching driven by demands of the rich

Conservation experts to meet over upswing in animal poaching driven by demands of the rich | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

CITES is gathering some 400 experts and country representatives for a July 7-11 meeting.

 

“Among the high priority issues for discussion are the large scale killings of elephants for their ivory and rhinos for their horns, as well as a concerning increase in the illegal trade in Asian big cats,” said the wildlife regulator...

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SANParks plans rhino rescue operation

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As the rhino poaching issue intensifies, the Kruger National Park plans a last-ditch effort to evacuate 500 rhino to secret locations in a desperate bid to save the species.....

 

However, the sudden departure of SANParks CEO David Mabunda and the suspension of Dr Hector Magoma, head of conservation services, has halted the rhino rescue plan in its tracks.

 

Mabunda was relieved of his duties five days before his contract came up for renewal – after 15 years.

 

This was reportedly followed by a slew of suspensions and cancelled contracts of senior managers and service providers. Among the suspensions was Magoma who was let go last month over allegations of benefitting through the sale and relocation of rhinos....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, Today, 12:54 AM

Wonder what the truth is.......

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Five rhino poachers arrested in KZN

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Five rhino poachers -- one left injured after a shoot-out -- have been arrested at the Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

 

"[On Saturday] a joint operation by Durban Organised Crime Unit, Nyathi Anti-Poaching and [a] special task force were patrolling around Hluhluwe when they received information about a group of people who were suspected to be poaching at Phinda game reserve," Captain Thulani Zwane said in a statement...

 

The five men arrested -- all between the ages of 17 and 38 -- were found in possession of an unlicensed hunting rifle with three live rounds, a silencer and an axe....

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Suspected rhino horn thief says more informants

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One of the four men accused of stealing 112 pieces of rhino horn from a strongroom in Mpumalanga has testified that, like him, one of his co-accused is also a police informer.
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Cases on the court roll

Cases on the court roll | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Dawie Groenewald (right) and his wife are scheduled to appear in the North Gauteng High Court on July 21 2014. Together with eight other accused, they face 1 872 charges for alleged involvement in hundreds of rhino poaching incidents and dealing in rhino horn...

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4 rhino killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack

4 rhino killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two armed gangs have killed four rhino for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, a spokesperson says.
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PETITION: South African Defence Force (Military) must stop our Rhino from being killed by Poaching syndicates.

PETITION: South African Defence Force (Military) must stop our Rhino from being killed by Poaching syndicates. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Citizens of South Africa and the World are demanding the immediate intervention of the South African Defence Force to stop this direct terrorist attack on our Sovereign soil. The South African Government is allowing our wildlife to be wiped out by criminal syndicates (foreign and domestic terrorists) with military force, for the illegal trade of Rhino horn.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 15, 8:29 AM

I sooooooo agree and to help the military, our Rhinos and Elephants we must also re-erect the fence along the KNP and Mozambique border!  PLEASE sign and share this petition too, Thank You!

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-jacob-zuma-re-erect-the-fence-along-the-border-of-the-kruger-park-and-mozambique?

 

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Swaziland King Speaks Up For Rhino, Elephant and Denounces Animal Poaching

Swaziland King Speaks Up For Rhino, Elephant and Denounces Animal Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Speaking during the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Nature Conservation in Swaziland hosted by the Big Game Parks at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday, the king expressed concern at the growth of rhino and elephant dehorning in the continent stating the country is strongly against it. 

 

He said he was mindful of the challenges that all those involved in conserving nature and wildlife face daily, but highlighted that the country is fully behind them.

 

“We have heard of rhinos and elephants poaching in other countries and we are strongly against it. It does not matter which country the wildlife that is threatened belongs to, but as long as it is in Africa it also belong to us as Swazis. 

 

 “The cutting off of rhino horns should not continue as it is a very bad habit. Poachers should desist from this act. If the dehorning of the rhinos continues then it would mean our future generation will not be cognisant of the fact that rhinos had horns after all,” he remarked.... 

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We found that Swaziland's King really does punish wildlife poachers and really does stand behind the country's rangers so they can do their job.

What a novel thing?

http://www.nikela.org/anti-poaching-system-keeps-rhino-alive/ ;

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 13, 6:13 AM
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes to the Swazi King for caring so deeply for our Rhinos and Elephants!
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'Rhino Are Not Safe Anywhere': Four Killed In High-Security Private Ranch

'Rhino Are Not Safe Anywhere': Four Killed In High-Security Private Ranch | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

NAIROBI, July 11 (Reuters) - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Friday...

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South Africa rhino poaching toll jumps, record number of poaching deaths

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Some 558 rhino have been killed in South Africa already this year, setting the country on course for a gruesome new record number of poaching deaths, wildlife officials said Thursday.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 12, 5:07 AM

This is so  sad, let us try and keep the poachers out of the KNP by asking the SA Government to re-erect the fence along the KNP and Mozambique border and bring in the army to patrol this fence!                            

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-jacob-zuma-re-erect-the-fence-along-the-border-of-the-kruger-park-and-mozambique?

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Rhinos

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The first rhinos my wife Beverly and I saw certainly impressed me. Then again, who wouldn’t be impressed by a four-ton prehistoric animal coming at you, snorting and blowing snot like a dragon with...

 

No creature deserves what I recently saw on film.

She was a beautiful adult female white rhino, round in just the right places, with delicate folds of grey fat and flesh — not unattractive in rhino terms — except for one blemish: her face had been hacked off. She stepped out into the road, confused and afraid and in levels of pain I cannot even imagine.

 

Poachers had darted her with a drug called M99, just enough to put her down, but not enough to dull any pain, and then hacked off her horns....

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Moving account by one who knows - Dereck Joubert

We must stop the pain!

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 10, 12:33 AM

This was the most incredible cruelty to an innocent Rhino that I have ever seen and we need to keep fighting to end this horror!!!

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Rhino Crisis, Stats and Why Trade is Wrong

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Why the Trade of Rhino Horn is Morally and Ethically Wrong.

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Agents Tackle Rhino Horn Smuggling From Miami Hotel Room

Agents Tackle Rhino Horn Smuggling From Miami Hotel Room | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The trafficker was pleased. He had already peddled $3 million of his illicit product and stood to make a nice profit on the deal in front of him.

 

The undercover agent was nervous. It had taken two years of work to reach this point. “This was an international investigation of international significance,” said agent Tim Santel. “I didn’t want him walking away.”

 

While the sting in a posh Miami hotel room last year had the mark of a drug probe, the smuggler wasn’t buying narcotics, and the agent didn’t work for the FBI or DEA. Zhifei Li, 29, an antiques shop owner from China, was after rhinoceros horn, worth more on Asia’s streets than gold, cocaine or heroin. And Santel is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, July 7, 6:03 PM

GREED beyond understanding

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VIDEO: Baby rhino cared for by sheep surrogate, chases ostriches

VIDEO: Baby rhino cared for by sheep surrogate, chases ostriches | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A baby rhino who was saved after his mother was killed by poachers is on the road to recovery, his rescuers have said.

The animal, who has been named Gertjie, was taken to a conservation centre in South Africa where staff introduced a sheep as a surrogate mother.

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 8, 12:28 AM

Go Gertjie go..............we love you and are proud of the way you are starting to cope!!!!