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Top Ten Rhino Stories of 2011 | Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine

Top Ten Rhino Stories of 2011 | Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
For the second year in a row, we've compiled the Top Ten Rhino Stories of the year. And while many of the stories are unpleasant, all of them must be told.
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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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Rhino poacher's sentence reduced

Rhino poacher's sentence reduced | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Thai national convicted of illegal trade in rhino horn had his sentence reduced from 30 to 13 years by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this week.
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Jack, a dog trained to track rhino poachers, was stolen...

Rhino-Tracker Dog Taken in South African Truck Theft, SAPA Says.Jack, a dog trained to track rhino poachers, was stolen with its owner’s pick-up truck at a shop
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Greenwich Teen Writes Book To Tell Tale Of Endangered Black Rhinos | The Greenwich Daily Voice

Greenwich Teen Writes Book To Tell Tale Of Endangered Black Rhinos | The Greenwich Daily Voice | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Jack Jones has been traveling to Africa every summer since he was a young child, which inspired him to write a children's book about his newest friend there: Chizi, the black rhino.

 

Chizi is a 2-year-old rhino who was discovered abandoned in Zimbabwe by two park rangers. Park Ranager Colin Wenham took Chizi home with him. He, his wife and two children have been raising Chizi until he is old enough to be released back into the wild....

 

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Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger

Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three heroic women save a black rhino by reporting poachers to Kruger authorities.
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Makes me ask just how much I'm paying attention... Thanks Ladies for being aware and taking action.
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Two suspected rhino poachers escape from police cells

Two suspected rhino poachers escape from police cells | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two men arrested for suspected rhino poaching have escaped from police cells at Vaalwater outside Lephalale in Limpopo.
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We ask, "How can this happen?"

My mother who just returned from Europe says that in some countries there after two speeding tickets you lose your driver's license... for life. Not only that, your car is confiscated and auctioned off.

Political will... there really is something to it!

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Nine people arrested for rhino poaching

Nine people were arrested in Limpopo and North West at the weekend for suspected rhino poaching, police said on Monday.
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Vietnam diva in South Africa to help protect rhinos

Vietnam diva in South Africa to help protect rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A celebrated Vietnamese singer is in South Africa to observe rhinos in the wilderness and speak out against the rampant poaching of the animal and the use of its horns among Asian countries, including Vietnam
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Hope she's able to make a difference when she gets home.

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Billionaire Rupert Says Dutch Lottery Refunded for Rhino Failure

South African billionaire Johann Rupert, chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation, said the conservation group has returned about $2 million in funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery after a method it backed to combat rhino poaching failed.
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RHINO FRIDAY Wacky Hats Fund Baby Rhino Ambulance

RHINO FRIDAY Wacky Hats Fund Baby Rhino Ambulance | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Join the fun and help OSCAP outfit another baby rhino ambulance to rescue calves orphaned by poachers.
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What do wacky hats have to do with rhino calves?

Apparently quite a bit this World Rhino Day.

Have some fun and snap a selfie with a wacky hat.

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Video: Meet the soldiers fighting to end Rhino Genocide

Video: Meet the soldiers fighting to end Rhino Genocide | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Yahoo Travel has launched a new video series, “A Broad, Abroad,” featuring Editor-in-Chief Paula Froelich, the first travel adventure show with a female lead.

 

Follow Paula every week as she uncovers some of the most far off places on earth, exposing the weirdest, wonkiest, wildest places in our modern world. At each destination Paula will venture off the beaten path into the most intriguing parts of town that most tourists never see....

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Dr Hector Magome speaks out on SANParks Rhino Sale

Dr Hector Magome speaks out on SANParks Rhino Sale | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

“In this sad saga, rhinos and South Africa are the only losers. The 500
rhinos that could have been removed this year remain trapped in the
Kruger in a raging war of bullets.”

— Dr Hector Magome

Confusion around the SANParks sale and removal of 260 rhinos has deepened after the man accused of making an unauthorised decision to sell the Kruger National Park animals has spoken out in his defence....

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Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger

Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Exhausted rhino orphan looks for comfort and shade with cars in the Kruger.
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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter.
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Moving forward...

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Rebecca Delabrer's curator insight, September 28, 2:37 PM

Poaching has become a huge problem in Africa and anti-poaching operations have advanced to helicopters to keep the skies busy and the ground free of poachers. The helicopter can be used at night as well and it able to contact military and ranger patrols on the ground. 200+ million dollars has been donated by a single donor to the organization to help stop rhino poaching.

Poachers make me mad. It's illegal in the first place but a lot of rich people think they can do what they want and they just do it for the sport. They don't even use the whole animal they just take the parts that they want. No not all the people that poach are rich but a vast majority of them are. I'm glad that the organization is finally getting some air support to help stop poachers.

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SANParks employees accused of poaching remanded

SANParks employees accused of poaching  remanded | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Three SANParks employees accused of poaching rhino in the Kruger National Park have been remanded in custody.
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New rhino ad in Vietnam targets businessmen

New rhino ad in Vietnam targets businessmen | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Businessmen are pictured in darkly lit conference rooms, at their desks or at prayer… A new Vietnamese advertising campaign, launched, might seem like the usual corporate stock, but it is the unlikely face of a new anti-rhino poaching initiative spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa....


...It was the demand of a largely upper-middle class population that was behind the sudden spike in rhino deaths post-2007....


...the rhino horn market as being made up of affluent, middle-aged males almost always working in a corporate environment in Vietnam.

While the perception is that Asian markets value rhino horn because of its supposed medicinal qualities, Shaw said it was steadily becoming a symbol of “power and wealth”....

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Love this new ad... based on research..

Similar to Breaking the Brand's campaign strategy.

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South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Ringleader, Nine Accomplices Nabbed

South Africa: Alleged Rhino Poaching Ringleader, Nine Accomplices Nabbed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Hawks have arrested a suspected rhino poaching ringleader and his nine accomplices for their alleged involvement in a string of rhino-poaching and related activities in the country.
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Poachers beware! #Parabot is after you [AAD141] - IHS Jane's 360

Poachers beware! #Parabot is after you [AAD141] - IHS Jane's 360 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Towering over the exhibition site, the 9.7m tall #Parabot has come to AAD with a purpose: to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife, particularly the rhino. The problem is huge: so far this year more than 760 rhinos have been taken by poachers in South Africa, and the Kruger National Park has borne the brunt.

 

Topped with a giant horn, the one-tonne ‘Transformer’- like #Parabot is based on Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6 armoured vehicle. As well as standing as a timely symbol of resistance to the rhino trade just days before World Rhino Day on 22 September, #Parabot also highlights the part the defence industry can play in stopping poaching by providing equipment, technology and training....

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Quick Summary of Rhino Poaching Crisis

Quick Summary of Rhino Poaching Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
For retired army general Johan Jooste, the fight against rhino poaching in the vast Kruger National Park (KNP) is far from being won.
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Dutch and Swedish grants for rhinos

Dutch and Swedish grants for rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Durban - The fight against rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal has received a R26.8-million boost, thanks to a Dutch and Swedish grant.

The amount is part of a R218m grant from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries to the Peace Parks Foundation....

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Beautiful Rhino Sculptures to Save Rhino

A local man who by day works at Disney's Animal Kingdom caring for rhinos is spending his off time helping ensure the survival of the rhinoceros. Chad Harmon of the Horns and Heroes Project is making a global difference through art by enlisting the help of a local business and creative talents of different types of artists. Rhino busts were cast from molds at a local business, then handed out to sculptors, photographers, illustrators, and tattoo and graffiti artists.
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Poaching Update: More Than 730 Rhinos Killed So Far This Year

Poaching Update: More Than 730 Rhinos Killed So Far This Year | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As the poaching crisis continues, more than 730 rhinos have been killed in South Africa so far this year, fast approaching a deadly record.
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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, September 13, 12:56 PM

Sad, sad news.....!

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Tourists come face to face with rhino poaching in Kruger

Tourists come face to face with rhino poaching in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa’s premier game reserve home to the Big Five, elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo is no safe haven from rhino poaching.

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, September 13, 1:01 PM

This is because poachers have free entry into South Africa from Mozambique!!! Please sign and share this petition! 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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Fundraisers and SA National Parks Getting Rich from Rhino Crisis

Fundraisers and SA National Parks Getting Rich from Rhino Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Sunday Times, September 7, 2014

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Minister Edna Molewa’s remarks on rhino poaching debate | Department of Environmental Affairs

The fight to save the rhino goes way beyond the protection of a species. It is inextricably tied to our South African heritage. There are those who would ask why, with all the challenges we face as a country to build a better life for all: do we place the conservation of animals at the center of national debate.

 

The answer is a simple one. It is because protection of our natural resources lies at the heart of what makes us South Africans: our love for this beautiful land. Which is why we will not be complacent as our national security is breached, and criminals decimate our wildlife, among the most abundant in the world.

 

South Africa has always been, and remains, the home of the rhino. Despite the onslaught of human encroachment over the centuries, and man’s often-cruel pursuit of these animals, they have endured. And here, in the southernmost tip of Africa, they are home. Eighty-two percent of Africa’s rhino can be found in South Africa. Ninety three percent of white rhino and 39% of black rhino are here.

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Tourists find rhino stumbling in pain after its horn is hacked off

Tourists find rhino stumbling in pain after its horn is hacked off | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Footage of the animal staggering along a road with his horn hacked off was filmed by horrified tourists and uploaded to YouTube.
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This is NOT a new case! This story was posted back in March of 2014

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