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Dr. Fowlds to highlight plight of African rhino in London

Dr. Fowlds to highlight plight of African rhino in London | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Join Dr William Fowlds on September 18th 2013 as he hosts an inspirational lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, London, highlighting the plight of the rhino and his mission to protect these iconic creatures of South Africa and to raise funds...
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Full Moon Villains and Heroes Race for South Africa’s Rhino and People

Full Moon Villains and Heroes Race for South Africa’s Rhino and People | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Full Moon is prime time for rhino poaching for the illegal wildlife trade by crime syndicates. It is also red alert time for the ‘good guys’.

 

Once wildlife and nature lovers looked forward to the rising of the full moon. It was a time for the best night viewing on game drives, from blinds and watch towers.

 

However, today the rising of the full moon heralds pain and death for rhino in the reserves of South Africa. This year to date 519 rhino have been brutally killed by poachers with 321 of these in the world famous Kruger National Park.

 

The Poacher’s Moon, as it has been dubbed, has both the heroes and the villains on high alert, both keen on keeping rhino (or getting) rhino in their sights....

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Rhino Horns Seized In Largest European Bust Ever

Rhino Horns Seized In Largest European Bust Ever | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
(ENDANGERED SPECIES) With more than 500 rhinos poached this year alone, conservationists are growing increasingly concerned after the Czech Republic recently seized 24 illegal white rhino horns.
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KWS Officers Killed By Poachers At Ambush In Tana River County

KWS Officers Killed By Poachers At Ambush In Tana River County | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Two Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have been killed in two separate gunfights with suspected poachers while responding to a poaching incident in Kipini Conservancy in Tana River County....
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Rhino population will plummet unless poaching eradicated: report

Rhino population will plummet unless poaching eradicated: report | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa's rhino population will rapidly decline in the next three years if it is not protected and poaching is not eradicated, according to a report released.

At current poaching levels, rhino numbers would decline significantly by 2016, and possibly earlier in the Kruger National Park, said SA National Parks former CEO Mavuso Msimang, who headed the research.

 

At least 515 rhino had been killed in the country so far this year. A total of 668 rhino were killed in the country last year....

 

321 in the Kruger Park alone...

 

http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/07/24/rhino-population-will-plummet-unless-poaching-eradicated-report ;

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Horrible stats!

Hate to see what the numbers would be if there weren't dedicated rangers out there every day and night protecting rhino!

Thank you for putting your lives on the line

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Hanoi Connection, The Rhino Horn Mafia - a film by Karl Ammann, 2013

Documentary about the illegale rhino horn trading from Africa to Southeast Asia - and who is behind. Editing for Karl Ammann, March 2013 (http://www.karlamma...
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This documentary addresses the illegal rhino horn trade network and this story is important to be told, however, it misses the mark when legalizing the horn trade is offered as a solution to end the poaching.

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Corruption among senior officials escalates rhino poaching

Corruption among senior officials escalates rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Corruption among senior officials plays a significant role in perpetuating the poaching of rhino in SA, a conservation organisation has charged.

 

"We do believe corruption at the higher government levels continues to play a significant role in the ongoing escaltion of poaching. This also filters through to officials managing border posts and points of export (harbours, airports)," Kevin McCann project manager for the Wildlands Conservation Trust told News24...

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Limpopo poacher on the run with rhino horns

Limpopo poacher on the run with rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Police in Musina, Limpopo, were on Monday searching for an alleged poacher who escaped when four others were arrested.

"One of the suspects, also a Mozambican national, fled the scene with rhino horns and police are hot on his heels," spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

 

They were arrested on Friday night at the Maremani Nature Conservancy.

Three of the four were South Africans and two of them, Shumani Phaswana, 47, and Wilson Mavhungu, 38, were out on R1500 bail each after they were arrested for the same offence.... 

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Frank and the Rhino Horn a Dr. Seuss-like Tale about a Deadly Myth

Frank and the Rhino Horn a Dr. Seuss-like Tale about a Deadly Myth | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Children’s stories may help us understand adult faulty thinking that leads to horrible acts like rhino poaching, wildlife trade and illegal trafficking.
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Great big thank you to Sandy Robbins and Christy Underwood for helping us create and publish this thought provoking little ebook.

 

It's not just for KIDS you know ;)

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South Africa: Limpopo Police Corner Three Rhino Poachers

Limpopo police have arrested three suspected rhino poachers believed to have been on their way to shoot and dehorn rhinos in Phalaborwa.

 

Police received information about suspected poachers with the aim to shoot and dehorn the animals in a private game farm. The situation was monitored and at approximately 17h00 on Sunday the suspected vehicle with three occupants was spotted in Hoedspruit.

 

Tactical Response Team (TRT) and stock theft members closed in and arrested the three suspects and confiscated a hunting rifle and a revolver both unlicensed as well as a licensed 9mm pistol. The Ford Fiesta vehicle was also confiscated. The origin of the two unlicensed fire-arms is currently being investigated and they will also be sent for ballistic tests...

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Love it when they catch the poachers before they kill a rhino... way to go Tactical Response Team!

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Sale of horn stockpile will feed the corrupt

Sale of horn stockpile will feed the corrupt | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Why should we pander to the Chinese and Vietnamese? Haven't they done enough damage?

We should not let them buy a single horn. They should be punished for the near demise of the rhino, not rewarded. We are perpetuating their pathetic myth.

 

With their voracious appetite for the horns, when they have chopped through the stockpile, they will continue their slaughter.

Drastic measures need to be taken....

 

http://www.timeslive.co.za/ilive/2013/07/08/sale-of-horn-stockpile-will-feed-the-corrupt-ilive

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Let's export rhino horn, dagga and tik

Chris Moerdyk thinks it is diabolically clever of government to approve the sale of its stockpile of rhino horn because we need the money.
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POACHED Rhino: She was five years old

POACHED Rhino: She was five years old | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

She was 5 years old when poachers killed her.

 

They first shot her with a high-calibre rifle. She tried to run, made it a few metres, stumbled and fell. The poachers — probably six of them — took out their saws and hacked off her horn while she was still alive and breathing. When park rangers found her two days later, she had a half-dozen bullet wounds and part of her face lay open where her horn had been. She had bled to death....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Super sad story.... repeated daily :(

However, drones / UAVs are proving effective in stopping this from happening... just need more of them

http://www.nikela.org/blog/how-uavs-air-rangers-effectively-deter-rhino-poachers ;

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VIDEO: 'Ntombi' the orphaned rhino calf playing in the veld

VIDEO: 'Ntombi' the orphaned rhino calf playing in the veld | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
This is why we fight the war against rhino poaching!
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

This is a feel good video.

Our young volunteer wrote a story based loosely on the sad story of Ntombi's mother's death... seen through his eyes.

http://www.nikela.org/blog/poacher-attack-through-the-eyes-of-a-rhino-calf-2 ;

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How to save the rhino, according to South Africa

J OHANNESBURG, South Africa — Efforts to save the rhinoceros in South Africa are failing, according to a report to the government by an independent expert....
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Four held for rhino poaching in Kruger

Four held for rhino poaching in Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Four men have been arrested for poaching rhino in the Kruger National Park, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday.
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Over 500 rhinos poached in South Africa this year

JOHANNESBURG -- More than 500 South African rhinos have been killed this year, official figures showed on Wednesday, amid strong demand for horns on the Asian black market.
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Tanzanian Minister for Tourism says over 1,000 suspects arrested in anti-poaching drive

Tanzanian Minister for Tourism says over 1,000 suspects arrested in anti-poaching drive | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A spokesperson for the Tanzanian Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources, Ms Yustina Malya, confirmed earlier this week that over 1,000 suspects had been arrested as part of the government's anti-poaching drive.


The suspects were arrested between December 2012 and March 2013. Speaking at a press conference, Ms Malya said a total of 670 suspects have already been charged in court.

 

From this figure, 272 individuals have already been convicted, and have received jail sentences of 99 years, or have been fined. The total fines collected amounted to 175,002,420/-.

 

At the same press conference, Ms Malya urged the public to assist the government with its anti-poaching task forces by providing them with information that they could act upon.

 

Ms. Malya said "This is a fight that should not be left to the government alone, but the public must join hands and assist through providing tips and reports on the whereabouts of poachers"

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Cross a Rhino Poacher Mastermind at Your Own Peril!

Cross a Rhino Poacher Mastermind at Your Own Peril! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa – Rhino poaching is an ongoing story that seems to have no end. There is absolute evil and corrupt masterminds behind the rhino poachers and many people have lost their lives trying to...
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VIDEO: Two extraordinary ways to save rhinos

The fight against rhino poaching is gaining traction as more ordinary people take action to preserve the member of South Africa's "Big Five".

 

Michael Grover, a 29-year-old ecological officer at Sabi Sands has designed an app that records bullet projectiles, GPS co-ordinates and photographs of previously poached animals in an effort to triangulate the movements of poachers....


Also on a quest to save rhinos is an 11-year-old boy at the Victory Theatre here in Johannesburg.

 

Young pianist Tyrone Aaron saw a rhino die before his eyes and was moved to play his part....


Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Way to go Michael and Tyrone!

Technology and music to help in the fight to save the rhino

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GPS boosts SA rhino protection from poachers

GPS boosts SA rhino protection from poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A conservation group has carried a darting programme to tag rhino in Kwa-Zulu Natal in order to track the animals and limit poaching.
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Irish man faces extradition for alleged rhino horn theft

Irish man faces extradition for alleged rhino horn theft | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Limerick man will find out today if he is going to be sent to Austria where he is accused of stealing valuable rhino horns. John Quilligan of Roches Road in Rathkeale was arrested in Dublin on foot of a European arrest warrant. With 1 kilo of a mature rhino horn fetching around €50,000 on the black market the trade is now considered more lucrative than the drug trade. 31-year-old Quilligan is accused of stealing €300,000 worth of rhino horn from a museum and an antique dealer in Vienna....
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Corinne's - Wildlife Matters's comment, July 11, 2013 8:56 PM
Hope they throw the book at him.....
Wildlife Margrit's comment, July 16, 2013 3:20 PM
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Fears for African rhino in China rainforest

Fears for African rhino in China rainforest | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

In a tropical Chinese rainforest, seven savannah-dwelling African rhinos are said to be awaiting release into the wild, raising fears for their welfare in a country with a booming rhino horn trade.

The animals arrived with a blaze of publicity in March at the vast Pu'er National Forest Park in the humid hills of Yunnan province in southwest China, with television images showing cranes lowering the huge beasts into paddocks.

 

But critics say African rhinos – more than 150 of which have been transported to China in recent years – will struggle to survive in the forest environment, raising doubts about the project's true purpose.

 

"The rhinos can't be seen by the public, you can't visit them," animal keeper Qian Fuchun told AFP in one of the park's offices.

 

His employer, the Mekong Group, is turning the 23 800 hectares (58 000 acres) of untouched forest in the park, home to hundreds of species of rare birds and lizards, into a tourist destination.

 

In South Africa, visitors to game parks are not generally allowed out of their vehicles, while they must be accompanied by an armed ranger on game walks, stay downwind of rhinos and maintain their distance.

 

But sketches on Qian's office walls showed visitors strolling within yards of grey rhino, seen nestled beneath trees in what was billed as a ‘rhino scenic zone’....

 

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/06/08/fears-for-african-rhino-in-china-rainforest

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Prime example of rhino and other wildlife being bred and raised without considering their needs and only the money they can bring in... sad situation.

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Kids take to stage for rhinos

Kids take to stage for rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Pretoria - The unabated killing of rhinos has touched the hearts of young South Africans, with more and more primary schoolchildren joining the fight to save the animals from extinction.

 

On Sunday afternoon, Rhino SA Champions took to the stage to support rhino conservation through music, dance, poetry and speeches.

 

The Rhino Music Concert was arranged by an 11-year-old Grade 6 pupil and accomplished pianist Tyrone Aaron, who said he was inspired by the book The Last Rhino by the late Lawrence Anthony....

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Love it when kids believe they can make a difference!

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Rogue trophy hunters supply rhino poachers with ammo?

Rogue trophy hunters supply rhino poachers with ammo? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Rogue South African trophy hunters are directly involved in “a mad scramble” to poach rhinos and get their horns out of the Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources....

 

Documents seen by the Daily Maverick show the errant trophy hunters are supplying Mozambican poachers with ammunition and helping them to sell the horns illegally. They manage to avoid apprehension by bribing local officials and courting influence with Mozambican politicians.


The hunters run safari outfits along the south-eastern border of the Kruger, and they gain access to the park through gaps in the fence between the two countries. They cannot be named owing to the seriousness of the trafficking allegations against them.


They operate in the vicinity of Corumana dam and the former Magud headquarters of Mozambique’s Renamo movement. Corumana dam is a popular destination among birders and fishers, and is being expanded to supply water to Maputo about 30km away....

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Some safari outfitter (aka trophy hunters) along the southester border of the Kruger supposedly providing rhino poachers from Mozambique with ammo and helping them sell their horns!

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 20, 2014 3:17 PM

Rhino, Rhino and poachers