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South Africa: SA, Mozambique MOU to Help Address Wildlife Crimes

Pretoria — South African and Mozambique will next week sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, which will help in the fight against rhino poaching.

The MoU, which will be signed by Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, and the Mozambican Minister of Tourism, Carvalho Muária, in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, follows extensive negotiations, and less than a year since their last bilateral meeting...

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In Search of Rhino: Africa's Disappearing Icon - YouTube

The White Rhino likes to hang out, has interesting friends, has to 'go', likes to act tough and is at risk of going extinct because it get's poached for its horn.

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South Africa rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction after horrific poacher attack

South Africa rhino named Hope gets facial reconstruction after horrific poacher attack | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers hacked off South African rhino's horns, part of her face a year ago
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Hope the rhino gets pioneering surgery 

Hope the rhino gets pioneering surgery  | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Shoelaces on steroids: that's the groundbreaking procedure used on the world's most famous rhino, Hope.
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South Africa mulls $2 billion rhino horn trade

South Africa mulls $2 billion rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa may push to end a global ban on the rhino trade. As Hayley Plattt reports, they want to turn the trade in horns into a lucrative legal business.
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Research Confirms Preference for Traditional Animal Medicinal Materials (TAMs) Derived from Wild Animals.

Research Confirms Preference for Traditional Animal Medicinal Materials (TAMs) Derived from Wild Animals. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
I have long said that the pro-rhino-horn-trade proponents have no understanding of the current demand or users; I have not once seen any form of customer analysis, which I outlined in a previous blog post. Time and time again they have been asked to produce their user demand analysis and they haven’t; at least now they admit that they don’t understand the nature of the demand: http://rhinoalive.thinkmob.modxcloud.com/rhino-horn-trade-faq (pro-trade website)and highlight their gobsmacking belief, I quote from their website ‘The best way to learn about the market is to engage it via legal trade.’ Wow, what can you say to that ridiculous statement!...
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Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino

Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Read Prince William tells ITV News: The world has 5-10 years to save the rhino latest on ITV News. All the World news
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WATCH: 3 Lions attack black rhino stuck in mud

WATCH: 3 Lions attack black rhino stuck in mud | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
These lions try their luck with the vulnerable creature stuck in the mud... but all is not lost for the rhino.
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The all-female patrol stopping South Africa's rhino poachers

The all-female patrol stopping South Africa's rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As rhino deaths have soared across South Africa, in Balule reserve the Black Mambas patrol of local women has achieved a 76% reduction in poaching since 2013. Now there are plans to extend the award-winning scheme
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8A Brynne's curator insight, March 10, 7:07 AM

Hat off to you Ladies!

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Faux Rhino Horn a bad idea, say conservation groups

Faux Rhino Horn a bad idea, say conservation groups | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Alternative means of addressing Asia's appetite for Rhino horn are not the solution according to Conservation Group...

 

WildAid and the Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday formally petitioned the Obama administration to ban the sale and export of so-called “synthetic” rhinoceros horn - currently being proposed by venture capital-backed companies such as Pembient who have told media about its intention to sell both powdered rhino horn and “carvable” horn for the production of durable goods, like jewelry, libation cups and chopsticks....

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Four suspected rhino poachers caught after high speed chase

Four suspected rhino poachers caught after high speed chase | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Four suspected rhino poachers apprehended in Jozini following high speed chase
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How Much Is Spent On Rhino Horn Demand Reduction Campaigns?

How Much Is Spent On Rhino Horn Demand Reduction Campaigns? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

When you add up everything that is being spent to save the rhino from extinction in the wild, then it would become a teeny tiny fraction of 1%. The vast majority of the money donated to rhino conservation is spent on the ground on protection measures – fencing, rangers, equipment, dehorning etc. Only a relatively small percentage is spent in demand countries. Of that percentage, again only a small fraction goes into what can be classed as demand reduction campaigns....

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, February 11, 1:24 AM

Real food for thought as to where we are spending our time and money... and what really needs to be done to stop the rhino poaching!

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Elephant Ivory poaching kingpin nabbed in Zimbabwe

Elephant Ivory poaching kingpin nabbed in Zimbabwe | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Harare businessman believed to be the ringleader of a poaching syndicate has been arrested on allegations of smuggling six ivory tusks suspected to have been stolen from the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority...

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This is very personally sad for Russ and I.

We met this man accused in this report. We believed him to be a friend to Africa's wildlife from our conversations with him.

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PICS: Richard Branson offers rhino poachers his finger nails

PICS: Richard Branson offers rhino poachers his finger nails | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Celebrity ambassadors have taken a stand against the luxury appeal of rhino horn, which lacks perceived medicinal benefits and is similar in composition to human hair and nails.
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African rhino rescue drive: The great mission to move rhinos – a project of hope

African rhino rescue drive: The great mission to move rhinos – a project of hope | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
GoPro teamed up with the project and this has brought the supporters and donors closer to this rhino rescue operation. So often, caring donors cannot actively interact with the projects they support.
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Photo of Wildlife Reserve Worker Weeping Next to Poached Rhino Shows the Impact of Our Greed

Photo of Wildlife Reserve Worker Weeping Next to Poached Rhino Shows the Impact of Our Greed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Park rangers and wildlife protection workers are on the front lines of the fight against illegal wildlife poaching.
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Swaziland accuses SA of backtracking on rhino horn trade

Swaziland accuses SA of backtracking on rhino horn trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Swaziland conservation authorities have accused South Africa of reneging on an agreement to propose the legalization of rhino horn trade.
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President Kenyatta to torch ivory, rhino horns in April

President Uhuru Kenyatta will in April lead global actors in setting ablaze 120 tonnes of ivory and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn to step up the fight against poaching.

This comes a day after President Kenyatta visited Nairobi National Park to review plans for 29th and 30th April event, where he will host the inaugural Giants’ Club Summit, bringing together several African Heads of State, Hollywood actors and global conservationists.
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Namibia: Rhino Poaching - Five Arrests in Three Regions

The police arrested five people in three different regions on Saturday for poaching rhino horns and elephant tusks.
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Five rhino poachers handed 15 years behind bars

A sixth man was sentenced to ten years after they were found guilty of illegally hunting and dehorning rhino.
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8a Jason's curator insight, March 20, 6:17 AM
This article was about five rhino poachers that got caught and were sentenced to 15 years in jail. The sixth man was sentenced to only 10.They were found guilty of illegally hunting and dehorning a white rhino bull in the Mapungubwe National Park and world heritage site almost two years ago.

I think that this is a good thing because this situation should be dealt with immediately because these guys are poaching endangered animals. After reading this text I felt very good to find out that the government officials are taking this case seriously.
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Pregnant black rhino killed in Ol Pejeta

Pregnant black rhino killed in Ol Pejeta | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Armed poachers on Tuesday killed a pregnant black rhino and removed her horns at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county.The carcass of the rhino, which was 12 months pregnant, was discovered by Kenya Police Reservists on patrol.The management said the horns were missing. Two suspects were arrested.Elodie Sampere, the communications manager at the conservancy, said the rhino had a two-year-old calf that was uninjured.“The two-year-old calf was spotted a few hours later and is being closely monitored,” she said in a statement yesterday.
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8a Jason's curator insight, March 12, 7:01 AM
This article was about how men found a dead rhino which was twelve months pregnant. The rhino's horn was missing. Which means, that the rhino must have been killed for it's horn. This rhino had a two year old calf that was uninjured. I think that the reason why these men did not kill the calf was because it was not big enough to have a horn. After this incident the two suspects were found and arrested.

I think that this article really shows how selfish some people really are. All they think about is how much money they can make if they kill this rhino for it's horn. They do not think about how the rhino feels. They do not think about the baby. After reading this article I feel like I had to do something about this. But, I can't no just me alone. So, I think that everybody should help and try to solve this problem.
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Orphaned baby rhinos squeal with excitement at breakfast time

Orphaned baby rhinos squeal with excitement at breakfast time | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The heart-warming video was captured by an environmental scientist named Morgan Pelt, who volunteers her time to care for the orphaned baby animals in Limpopo, South Africa.
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8a Jason's curator insight, February 25, 6:30 PM

This article was about rescued rhinos. These rhinos were either crippled or injured. One morning the staff came to give them their morning milk and they were squealing and squeaking, I think they are hungry squeaks. This situation was captured on camera. someone put it on you tube and it went viral. It has over 25,000 views.

 

This article reminded me that even animals had feelings. They can be happy, sad ,angry and also hungry. This video changed my perspective because sometimes I forget to feed my dog. Now feeding my dog is first thing in the morning and when I get home on my schedule.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Rhino poaching is a crisis of governance,' says wildlife expert

EXCLUSIVE: 'Rhino poaching is a crisis of governance,' says wildlife expert | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The issue, he says, is much bigger than just rhinos. It’s a social problem, driven by globalization and is threatening democracy in many countries. Wildlife poaching has escalated into a crisis of authority
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8B Taylor 's curator insight, February 24, 9:12 AM

This article, found on Traveller24, is about wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trade. It focuses on how they’re becoming a problem for animal populations, but has become a threat to governance in countries in which they take place. Christian Bonacic, a wildlife trade expert says that the issue is much bigger than just rhinos. he says that it's a social problem driven by globalization and threatening democracy in many countries.  Wildlife poaching has escalated into a crisis of authority and South Africa is not immune. Traditional community-based wildlife protection around parks work in the past, but now it's not really possible due to the poachings. Bonacic  says that we should only inform communities around parked about poaching, but also make them safe places with good education and employment opportunities. The main problem is not just about the extinction of a single species, but the problems that would follow such as the extinction of elephants, the lions, then other wild animals living in Africa.

This article helps me understand that poaching is a really big issue in Africa. It doesn’t just affect the animal populations, but it also affects the way people live. I feel bad for the animals that are killed, only for their horns. I think that in the future, we should find a way that can keep the animals safe from all the illegal harm. Also, I now understand how poaching can affect the way of living. The ivory that is being sold, is providing money for many families living in South Africa. If all the ivory runs out, then all those families would immediately face poverty, and would suffer greatly.  I really hope that one day everyone will get to live happily with animals, and there wouldn’t be any illegal work.


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How To Create a Demand Reduction Campaign

How To Create a Demand Reduction Campaign | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

There are a number of steps that you should follow when designing a demand reduction campaign for illegal wildlife consumption. In summary, these steps are:

Identify the user groups for each of the different products or different usesFind out the true motivations to use the productsSummarise the patternsDerive potential reasons to stop using and calibrate with target group(s)Identify the most effective communication channelsDesign campaign messages and test...

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, February 11, 1:16 AM

Our friend Lynn really knows what she is talking about... she has done the research.

 

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Making Rhinos Count in a World of Indifference

Making Rhinos Count in a World of Indifference | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rampant corruption, low employment and high poverty are the unfortunate circumstances surrounding South Africa, the primary home of Earth’s last rhinos. Add to that a high Asian demand for their horns, and it equates to the perfect storm for their demise. South Africa has lost approximately 1600 black and white rhinos in 2015 (unconfirmed by…
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An open letter to Mr Hume about saving rhino

An open letter to Mr Hume about saving rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Let’s forget your farming-model for the moment and speak plainly. In truth the solution to poaching lies not in your pocket however honorable the idea might sound. The solution is multi-faceted, complex and requires fortitude and administrative will. Each facet is dependent on the rest or the idea fails....

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DEA Drafts New Laws on Rhino Hunting

DEA Drafts New Laws on Rhino Hunting | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Department of Environmental Affairs has drafted regulations to strengthen control over the sale of live rhinos, trophy hunting and the stockpiling of rhino horn....

 

The proposed regulations include:

One hunter will be allowed to hunt only one rhino a year;All rhino deaths, natural or not, have to be reported to the authorities timeously;All rhino sold or moved must have three microchips implanted - one in each horn and another in the spine;Provincial authorities must keep information about rhino deaths and the movement of rhino out of the province on a national database;Rhino owners must notify government officials within five days of acquiring horns from a natural death; andOwners must keep the horns in a safe.
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