Mozambique burned the world’s largest ever seizure of rhino horn on Monday in what ministers and officials said was a demonstration of their commitment to tackle poaching.
The largely symbolic destruction of 193.5kg of horn and 2,434.6kg of ivory came as neighbouring Zimbabwe confirmed that around 20 elephants it captured from a national park had been exported to China despite pleas from conservationists to release them....
Conservation know-how and political will can help animals battling the threat of dwindling populations to survive...
“The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I’m the only one,” boasts AA Milne’s exuberant creation. But Hundred Acre Wood is the only habitat where devastatingly low population figures are a subject of joy and mirth. For species like the northern white rhino, with only five individuals left in the world, the struggle for survival is no laughing matter.
Smaller populations are more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes, the negative consequences of inbreeding and even sheer bad luck, such as randomly skewed sex ratios. “If there are very few of you and you all have offspring, there is a good chance that maybe all those offspring will be one sex,” explains Dr Philip Stephens from Durham University....
The recent arrest of another two suspects on charges related to rhino poaching indicates that the task teams formed to deal with the crime are hard at work and that their work is bearing fruit‚ police said.
“Please, let’s stop talking about illegal trade in wildlife. It’s not illegal trade – it’s crime,” says John Sellar, an independent anti-smuggling, fraud and organised crime consultant who spoke at a breakfast seminar organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Conservation Action Trust in Cape Town last month.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Let's call a spade a spade... it simply is not a shovel!
The annual Rhino Charge has over the past 27 years established itself as a prime fund raising event, supporting initially just conservation but of late also supporting the different host communities, where the annual event is being held....
Almost 3000 people, some from as far away as India, Ireland and New Zealand have added their signatures to an online petition supporting court action to stop a white rhino trophy hunt at Lalibela game reserve outside Grahamstown.
Despite the counter on the online petition continuing to tick over, both Lalibela and Bayeti – the managing company of the entire conservancy of which Lalibela is a part – have indicated they intended fighting a high court interdict aimed at stopping the hunt, which, according to court papers, also included two lion and two buffalo...
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