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It’s a fight to finish at rhino killing fields of South Africa

It’s a fight to finish at rhino killing fields of South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

 

A war is on in the South African bush for what is on the nose of one of the Big 5 — the horn of the rhino.

 

After losing more than a thousand rhinos to poachers in the last three-and-a-half years, South Africa has brought in Johan Jooste to fight what the former Major General calls “a full-blown war involving close-combat guerrilla tactics and fights to the death.”

 

Well-armed, well-funded, well-equipped, and well-informed, rhino poachers have turned South Africa’s Kruger National Park and game reserves into rhino killing fields. With the horn fetching thousands of dollars in East Asian markets, the stakes are very high and poachers utterly ruthless.

 

As Reynold Ray Thakhuli, General Manager, Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations, South Africa National Parks, repeatedly says: “We are fighting a low-level guerrilla war with a sophisticated enemy who is better armed, uses GPS and insider information to get the horns.” He is pained at the ruthlessness of the poachers who often leave the animal severely maimed. “To see the giant lying in the bush, horribly mutilated is heart rending,” he says....

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/its-a-fight-to-finish-at-rhino-killing-fields-of-south-africa/article4740042.ece

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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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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, 3:23 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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Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts

Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Australians who travel overseas to hunt rhinoceroses will no longer be allowed to bring home their slaughter.
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Good job!

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 2, 5:26 PM

Way to go Australia... Thanks MP Jason Wood!

Who's going to be next?

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 3, 2:41 AM
Thank you Aus for setting an example and trying to bring down the demand for Rhino horn! GO Aus GO!!!!!
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Minister calls for input regarding rhino horn trade

Minister calls for input regarding rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday asked for input on talks about the possibility of legalising the rhino horn trade.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 2, 2:36 AM

Let's all give her our views!

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Texas Man Was Smuggling Rhino Parts in International Operation

Texas Man Was Smuggling Rhino Parts in International Operation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a smuggling operation that dealt in nearly $1 million worth of rhino horns...
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MTPA rhino theft suspect an informer, court hears

MTPA rhino theft suspect an informer, court hears | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Nelspruit Regional Court has heard that one of the men implicated in the theft of 112 pieces of rhino horn was a police informer who knew where horns were being sold.
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Hawks swoop on rhino horn poachers three arrested

Hawks swoop on rhino horn poachers three arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Hawks arrested three suspects for possession of a rhino horn in Atteridgville outside Pretoria.

The trio was apprehended yesterday morning and expected to appear in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court today. Hawks spokesperson, Capt Paul Ramaloko, said the local police spotted a vehicle during a routine patrol and pulled over a suspicious vehicle.

“Upon searching the vehicle, police found the rhino horn wrapped in a sheet and shelved inside the car bonnet. “We suspect that these suspects, who hail from Hammanskraal, were coming from Limpopo were we recently got a report of poached rhinos,” he said....

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UK Councillors host rhino fundraiser

UK Councillors host rhino fundraiser | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A FUNDRAISING coffee morning has been held to generate funds for the protection of rhinos.
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South Africa: Three Suspected Rhino Poachers Arrested

Limpopo police have arrested three suspected rhino poachers at a private game farm in Alldays, just outside Makhado.

 

The suspects, aged between 41 and 36, were arrested recently, after police received information that a rhino had been poached inside the farm.

 

Police led by the members of the Hawks raced to the farm, surrounded it and after an extensive search the suspects were cornered and arrested in possession of two rhino horns, a .375 rifle and an axe....

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Snuggle time with endangered baby Rhino Gertjie - YouTube

Rescued baby rhino enjoys some attention

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Even baby rhinos need comforting when their mother is killed!

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, June 13, 8:24 AM

I would sooo love to be able to also be  a surrogate mom to one of  these poor darlings!

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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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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, 3:33 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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https://www.facebook.com/wild.atheart.94/posts/414777428661697?notif_t=close_friend_activity 

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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, 9:03 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, 3:28 AM

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

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Testimonial of a Rhino Horn Smuggler

As part of a series of ongoing investigations
targeting the smuggling of rhino horns, ENV has
had the opportunity to interview a number of rhino
horn smugglers and their families. The following
testimonial gives a “behind the scenes” look at the
smuggling process, and according to the
smuggler, highlights the difficulties that the
government faces as it seeks to crack down on
smuggling....

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Three black rhino found dead Uukwaluudhi Conservancy

THREE carcasses of black rhinos were discovered in the Uukwaluudhi conservancy situated between Oshakati and Kamanjab last week on Thursday.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Slogan Matheus yesterday confirmed the discovery, saying veterinarians had to also put down one rhino because of bullet wounds deemed too serious.

Matheus said “unknown suspects who used an unknown type of firearm” killed two rhinos and hacked off their horns....

 

See more at: http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=14669&page_type=story_detail&category_id=1#sthash.ggKOPwjq.dpuf ;

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Third suspect of 112 rhino horn heist in court, case postponed!

Third suspect of 112 rhino horn heist in court, case postponed! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Mbombela - A third man implicated in the theft of 112 rhino horn pieces from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) in Mbombela, appeared briefly in court on Wednesday.

 

KaNyamazane businessman Selby George Khoza, 39, appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court where his case was postponed, a Sapa correspondent reported.

 

Khoza was arrested by the Hawks in Pretoria on Monday after his name was mentioned in court as one of the people who allegedly worked with suspects Gideon Mtshali, 51, and Sizwe Leonard Malatjie, 34. The two were arrested on June 6 and 7....

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Mpuma rhino horn theft and false accusations

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One of the two men accused of stealing 112 pieces of rhino horn from the MpumalangaTourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) testified that police torture led him to falsely implicate three other people in the crime.
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Rhino poacher killed in Kruger National Park

Rhino poacher killed in Kruger National Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Police confirmed one of three poachers was shot dead following a shootout in the Kruger National Park.
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Speaking out Against Rhino Poaching - YouTube

With the World Youth Rhino Summit fast approaching in September the children plead for the killing to stop.


CAUTION: very graphic footage

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The World Youth Rhino Summit is fast approaching, a good time to get inspired and motivated again by these children pleading for the rhinos' lives.

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, June 14, 8:03 AM

If you won't listen to us then PLEASE listen to our children!

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SANParks conservation head suspended, rhino info contract terminated

SANParks conservation head suspended, rhino info contract terminated | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
"We can confirm that SANPark's managing executive... has been put on precautionary suspension," spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said.

He declined to give further details, saying the matter was "not for public consumption".

 

Thakhuli did, however, confirm that the contract of Pathfinder, a company involved in the collection of rhino poaching information, had been terminated....

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, June 13, 8:28 AM

What do you think is the reason, I think I can put 2 and 2 together!!!