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...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
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.
Before last night's Golden Globes ceremony, comedian Ricky Gervais bestowed a different kind of award for a very special recipient.
Killer, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois tracking dog, was presented with a gold medal by the animal advocate for his service in fighting to save the African Rhinoceros from extinction at South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
“Killer does fantastic work in the Kruger National Park,” Gervais said at the ceremony, which was put on by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a veterinary charity that funds medical care for sick animals across the U.K. “He helped capture dozens of poachers in the last year alone, thanks to his amazing courage and dedication." ....
Scientists are planning to utilize stem cell technology to save the northern white rhinoceros.
Only three white rhinoceroses are left on the whole planet, so conservationists have devised a rescue plan they hope will be enough to save these animals before they all disappear, writes Nature World News. Instead of traditional breeding efforts, the researchers are hoping to use stem cells to create a self-sustaining population.
Care for Wild Africa in Mbombela has started building the facility, which will be funded by the Antonie Roux Foundation, which was set up in memory of former Naspers Internet Operations head and M-Net co-founder Antonie Roux.
"We have needed this facility for years, in order to store dry food and milk for the rhinos," said Care for Wild Africa founder Petronel Niewoudt.
She is currently funding the building work from her own pocket before the donation comes through at the end of March...
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…
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....
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.
A significant surge in rhino poaching in Zimbabwe saw at least 50 rhino poached in 2015 — more than double the figure lost the previous year, a conservation group has reported. Forty-two of the rhino lost last year were black rhino, said the Lowveld Rhino Trust in a statement. Only around 20 rhino were lost …
From a Vietnamese government perspective, it gives them more excuses to do nothing about the buyers. South Africa’s pro-trade/no-trade debate is the key thing slowing the Vietnamese Government’s response to tackling consumption of rhino horn in Viet Nam. This makes perfect sense when you consider, why would any government target its high net worth citizens, who are the primary users of genuine rhino horn, when:
These are the business people and entrepreneurs driving Viet Nam’s rapid economic growth and What they are doing could be made legal in 2016 if the South African Government decides to take the pro-trade route. As people told me when I was in Viet Nam, the pro-trade debate in South Africa effectively neutralises law enforcement based success in Viet Nam. The overturning of the domestic SA trade ban only re-enforces this thinking in Viet Nam.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Hmm! If there is no buyer why legalize the selling?
A must read article by our friend with Break the Brand, Lynn Johnson. She takes a critical look at the recent ruling to legalize the trade of rhino horn in South Africa.
Antiques dealer Linxun Liao was sentenced on November 12, 2015, in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison for his role in a wildlife trafficking scheme in which he purchased and smuggled 16 libation cups carved from rhinoceros horns (worth more than $1 million) from the United States to China. Liao previously pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally smuggling rhinoceros horn objects from the United States. U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield imposed the sentence...
It's important for us to recognize this day as the world's rhinoceros population is quickly dwindling. According to the Save the Rhinoorganization, there were over 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia at the start of the 20th century. Today, research suggests that there might as few as 29,000 left.
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