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U.S. drones will protect rhinos by combating poachers

U.S. drones will protect rhinos by combating poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON _ The exact location of the anti-poaching operation is secret, as is the number of rangers who will be on duty. Also confidential: where the drones will fly as they search out poachers intent on slaying rhinos for their horns _ one killed every 11 hours in South Africa alone. But over the next several days, Tom Snitch thinks that his project, at a private game farm adjoining South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, will prove that unmanned aerial vehicles can end the scourge of rhinoceros poaching....

 

http://www.ryot.org/u-s-drones-will-protect-rhinos-by-combating-poachers/180025

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Greer Noble's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:08 PM

2013 - 350 rhinos in South Africa butcherd - 1 killed every 11 hours

2012 - 668 endangered rhinos died for their horns

73% worlds rhino in South Africa

Sold in Asia, particularly in Vietnam

Should WWF not target Vietnam?

 

Jay Phillips's curator insight, November 16, 8:13 PM

This is a completely new view regarding some of the possibilities that drone technology can do for civilization.  Based off of the fact that drones are primarily present within the military and not within every day life, this article offers insight about using drone technology to possible stop every day crime before it occurs.  Drones would be able to catch possible poachers in Africa who are killing endangered species such as the rhino in order to sell their tusks.  Drones would offer aerial footage of crime scenes, but we must first decide whether or not we feel that it is morally correct to survey our community. 

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For all those who Protect Rhino

For all those who Protect Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, December 28, 9:23 AM

May 2015 be the year.......... for us to save our Rhinos!!!!

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New frontiers: Drones deliver a raft of surprises in 2014

New frontiers: Drones deliver a raft of surprises in 2014 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
2014 wasn’t the year that drones first entered the consumer lexicon, but it did see the notion of using these vehicles to our advantage become much more palatable. Let’s have a look at some of the...
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even saving heart attack victims!

Not to forget saving rhino from poachers.

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Rhino Poaching Kingpin Arrested

Rhino Poaching Kingpin Arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Durban - A complicated sting resulted in the arrest of a 45-year-old man said to be the kingpin of rhino horn poaching in KwaZulu-Natal this week.

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Remembering Game Warden Who Brought Rhinos Back From the Brink

Remembering Game Warden Who Brought Rhinos Back From the Brink | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Conservationist Damien Mander reflects on the passing of his mentor, South African game warden Ian Player.
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RHINO FRIDAYs - Flood the Reserves that have Rhino...

RHINO FRIDAYs - Flood the Reserves that have Rhino... | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
RHINO FRIDAYs #rhinofriday
1118 rhino poached in SA so far this year - 750 out of our iconic Kruger National Park. (OSCAP)

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Konica Minolta SA forms three-way alliance to protect rhino orphans

Konica Minolta SA forms three-way alliance to protect rhino orphans | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Through its association with the Nhlangwini Trust, the owners of strategic land adjacent to the Kruger Park, Konica Minolta South Africa has recently entered into discussions with SANParks Kruger Park management to establish a three-way alliance between the private sector (bizhub from Konica Minolta South Africa), the public sector (SANParks) and the local community (Nhlangwini Trust), to establish a stronghold sanctuary for the protection of orphaned rhino on the land owned by the Nhlangwini community. This partnership will demonstrate the unique benefits that can be achieved from an integrated conservation development model, which supports community-centred conservation while protecting orphaned rhinos.

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Rhino species to die unless science can help

The keepers of three of the last six northern white rhinos on Earth say it is highly unlikely the three will ever reproduce naturally.
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Belfast man charged in £1.5m rhino horn theft plot

Belfast man charged in £1.5m rhino horn theft plot | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A man from Belfast is among 13 men charged with plotting to steal rhinoceros horns and antique Chinese porcelain, a court has heard.
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South Africa: Three Rhino Poachers Nabbed

In yet another successful operation, three suspected rhino poachers were arrested before they were able to shoot and dehorn a rhino on a farm in the Marken area of the province.
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PHOTOS Family is charged by 3 one-and-a-half tonne rhinos

PHOTOS Family is charged by 3 one-and-a-half tonne rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The terrifying snaps show the rhino charging a car in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, when Holly Powers, from Oregon, was travelling with her husband and 20-month-old child.
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Glad the family is safe!

Wonder if rhino are becoming more aggressive with all the poaching?

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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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Uganda President Museveni supports second rhino sanctuary

Uganda President Museveni supports second rhino sanctuary | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Angie Genade, Executive Director of the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) and of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, this week had a double reason to smile. On a very personal note she celebrated her 31st wedding anniversary to Johan Genade and that alone was worth a celebration. The two South Africans have made Uganda their permanent home for more than a decade now. While Johan owns and operates the Amuka Safari Lodge, Angie has become the country’s proverbial "Rhino Lady," leading from the front at Ziwa and through her passion for conservation moving the proverbial mountains....

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Vietnam police detain two men for illegal trade in rhino horns

Vietnam police detain two men for illegal trade in rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Environmental police in Hanoi have arrested two men for illicitly trading rhino horns and many tusks, claws, and horns of other wild animal species...

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Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Specialists will meet in Kenya subsequent month to talk about methods to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction. The recent death of two of the rhinos in zoos has left only 5... 
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Rhino horn trafficking surging out of control, say campaigners

Rhino horn trafficking surging out of control, say campaigners | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Trafficking of African rhinoceros horn on the black market has surged 30-fold in the past 13 years, say animal protection groups
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Botswana: Rhino Poaching Remains Challenge With New Fund, Strategies

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, also patron of Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS), joined dignitaries and environmental stakeholders at the organisation's annual gala dinner dance on December 5.
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Botswana: Rhino squad training to cost P2M ($200k)

Botswana: Rhino squad training to cost P2M ($200k) | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism is training a 71-strong rhino squad in preparation for 100 rhinos expected from South Africa.
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Rhino poaching: Father, son get 10 years

Rhino poaching: Father, son get 10 years | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A father and son were among three Mozambicans who have been jailed for 10 years each for killing and removing the horns of a white rhino.
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Stop the Demand with Targeted Ads

Stop the Demand with Targeted Ads | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Targeting main users of rhino horn to stop the demand and save the rhino from extinction in the wild
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In memory of Ian Player (and Magqubu Ntombela)

In memory of Ian Player (and Magqubu Ntombela) | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

It is an astonishing animal when you think about it. The white rhino. That magnificent beast like something out of The Lost World – not a thing we could begin to imagine were it not already here. And, of the southern variety, there were by some estimates twenty left. Just twenty, somehow eking out an existence in the remote “V” formed before the confluence of the White and Black Mfolozi rivers, the great hunting ground of one Shaka Zulu. That’s how thin the thread was, the animals shot almost to extinction by poachers and big-game hunters....

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Rhino News: Over 1,000 Dead - Farewell to Dr. Ian Player

Rhino News: Over 1,000 Dead - Farewell to Dr. Ian Player | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The number of rhinos poached for their horns this year has risen to 1 051… which is higher than last year’s figure of 1004, and the year isn’t over yet. The statistics are frightening. 

 

Farewell to rhino hero Dr. Ian Player...

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, December 12, 11:57 AM

RIP Dr. Ian Player!

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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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