What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Will Dye and Poison for Rhino Horns Stop Poachers?

Will Dye and Poison for Rhino Horns Stop Poachers? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

What do gold, platinum and rhino horn have in common? They are among the most expensive materials in the world...

 

In order to prevent poaching preemptively, the Rhino Rescue Project (RRP) was born. Its founders Ed and Lorinda Hern of the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in Krugersdorp developed together with veterinarian Charles van Niekerk a device that injects red dye into rhino horns.


Yes, it is exactly the kind of indelible dye that is used for ruining bank robbers’ prey and tagging the thieves. RRP’s spokeswoman Lorinda Hern didn’t want to share the exact name of the product due to security reasons, but it is known that it works similar as industry products like Disperse Red 9, which also goes under the name of 1-methylamino anthraquinone...

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Rhino poaching deaths, arrests and other stats

Rhino poaching deaths, arrests and other stats | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Arrests for rhino poaching in South Africa increased considerably this week, with 11 alleged poachers arrested in the eastern half of the country. SANParks said eight of the 11 people arrested this week were caught during joint operations.

 

Since 1 January 2013, 292 rhinos have been poached. The Kruger National park continues to be the worst hit, with 216 rhinos poached. 23 rhinos have been poached in North West Province, 20 in KwaZulu-Natal, 19 in Limpopo and 14 in Mpumalanga. Since January, 94 people have been caught for poaching rhino and smuggling rhino horn. 44 alleged poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park, 20 in Limpopo, 13 in KwaZulu-Natal, 8 in North West Province, 6 in Mpumalanga and 3 in Gauteng....

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Poachers fail to raise Hs1m bond

FOUR suspected poachers who killed a rhino a month ago have been given a Sh1 million bond each by a Nanyuki court.
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94 arrested for rhino poaching

94 arrested for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Ninety-four people have been arrested for rhino poaching and smuggling rhino horn since the start of 2013, the environmental affairs department has said.
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94 arrested close to 300 rhino poached!

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Vietnam, S.Africa target illegal rhino hunters

Vietnam, S.Africa target illegal rhino hunters | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa and Vietnam have agreed to exchange the names of registered hunters in a bid to stop rhino poachers who obtain hunting permits under false pretences, a spokesman said Monday.

 

Authorities are targeting these hunters who take advantage of laws allowing them to export the rhino horn as a hunting trophy to trade it illegally, mostly on the Asian black market....

 

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Corinne's - Wildlife Matters's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:59 AM

Lets hope this will bring down the wretched hunters and poachers.....before they've taken all rhino horn, enough is enough!

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Vietnam: 7kg of rhino horn seized in southern hub

Vietnam: 7kg of rhino horn seized in southern hub | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Ho Chi Minh City customs officials have seized more than seven kilograms of rhino horns amidst international pressure on the country to crank up its efforts to crack down on the illegal trade.  

 

The officials found the two horns, weighing 7.28 kilograms, wrapped in silver paper and hidden in the luggage of a passenger identified only as 34-year-old N.D.D, who arrived in HCMC on a flight from Doha late Saturday.

 

The horns were presumably sourced from Africa, the officials said. 

D. has been detained pending further investigations, the police said, without elaborating.....

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Rangers Forsake Last Endangered Rhinos

Rangers Forsake Last Endangered Rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
(POACHING) JOHANNESBURG — Possibly betrayed by the very people sworn to protect them, the last 15 rhinos in Mozambique have met a horrible fate.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Betrayal! Sold for a mess of pottage! Another Judas!

What ever happened to integrity? Loyalty? Compassion? Doing what's right?

 

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Corinne's - Wildlife Matters's comment, May 8, 2013 7:10 AM
Sadly, I think betrayal pays more, than loyalty, compassion and doing what's right. There are those that just don't give a toss about tomorrow! It's a sad and tragic world when people's are destroying everything that is magnificent and unique about planet earth!
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eReport: China and the Rhino Horn

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Dr. Zhang just sent us an update on his fight to stop the use of TCM.

However, we must first secure permission from the interviewer to use it.

In the meantime... let's revisit this eye opening report by Dr. Zhang.

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, May 9, 2013 5:21 AM
This is very interesting. We know the control the Chinese Government has over her people - needless to say this will never change. What gets me is China professes to be a 21st Century country, her growth has been enormous of the last number of years, yet they still live by traditions dated before Christ on was earth. There are many, many cultures that have dropped cruel and barbaric practices - they have come forth into the 21st Century - why can't China and the rest of the East do that? It is all for money - nothing more, nothing less!!!
Wildlife Margrit's comment, May 13, 2013 9:38 PM
Thanks Lyn... agreed. China is ruthless in exploiting other countries... no compassion... no golden rule here.
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PHOTOS: They Ran The London Marathon In What?

PHOTOS: They Ran The London Marathon In What? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
It's hard enough running a marathon's 26.2 miles, but going the whole way in a 22-pound rhino costume is another beast entirely.
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Sue Woolley's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:26 PM
yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 30, 2013 3:43 AM
Way to go guys - trust the Londoners to pull out all the stops - Thank you from South Africa xxx
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Vile rhino thugs swindling Pensioners

Vile rhino thugs swindling Pensioners | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

THE gang suspected of stealing four rhino heads from a museum have sunk to a sickening new low.

 

The Irish Sun can reveal the mob are now preying on frail pensioners by posing as furniture salesmen.

Placing fake magnetic signs on the sides of their van, they operate by calling to the homes of senior citizens offering to sell sofas and other household items.

But even if a pensioner refuses the offer, the thugs often force their way into the property, remove the furniture and replace it with items from their van.

The hoods then return to the pensioner demanding huge sums of cash for the dodgy settees....



Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/feeds/smartphone/ireland/4907015/Vile-rhino-thugs-swindling-OAPS.html#ixzz2RrXyKpn8

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Rhino Poaching Stats: 249 Dead to date

Rhino Poaching Stats: 249 Dead to date | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The number of rhinos poached for their horn in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 249. The Kruger National Park remains the hardest hit, with the number of rhinos poached since last week increasing from 167 to 180. A total of 21 in North West, 18 in KwaZulu-Natal, 17 in Limpopo and 13 in Mpumalanga.

 

The number of alleged poachers arrested countrywide has increased to 78, with two alleged couriers arrested in KwaZulu-Natal in the past week.  This brings to five the number of alleged middlemen arrested so far the year.  A total of 73 people are facing poaching related charges and some additional charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.  Of these, 36 were arrested in the Kruger National Park, 17 in Limpopo, 13 in KwaZulu-Natal, eight in North West and one in Mpumalanga.

 

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

 https://www.environment.gov.za/?q=content%2Frhinopoachingupdate
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Can rhino poaching in South Africa be stopped?

Can rhino poaching in South Africa be stopped? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Despite multiple projects to protect the rhinoceros, conservation officials say the rate of poaching in the country — home to most of Africa's rhinos — this year is on track to exceed the record number of illegal kills in 2012.
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Hunter Allowed to Import Rhino Trophy into U.S. for First Time in 33 Years

Hunter Allowed to Import Rhino Trophy into U.S. for First Time in 33 Years | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

For the first time in more than 30 years an American hunter has been allowed to import a trophy from a black rhino he shot in Africa back into the country. Animal-rights groups argue that this is a precedent-setting setback for efforts to preserve the endangered species. Hunters, on the other hand, argue that this is actually a victory for conservation....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Not good news!

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No proof rhino horns or tiger bones increase sexual performance

No proof rhino horns or tiger bones increase sexual performance | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Tiger bones, rhinoceros horn and bear bile, oh my! Unfortunately, sometimes these things come to mind when people hear about traditional Chinese medicine. While it’s true that these have all been used as TCM herbs, thankfully in North America they are illegal to use or sell.

 

Rhino horns are thought to improve virility for men. It doesn’t. But, some things that do have similar characteristics to human anatomy do have actual physical effect on the twin part. For example, walnuts look like brains, and their omega-3 fatty acids do support brain health. The diuretic Chinese herb qu mai is the stem of a plant that looks like a urinary tube and thus, it is used to treat urinary tract infections. But rhino horns are best left on the magnificent beasts....

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STOP THE SHOOTING OF RHINOS IN SOUTH AFRICA

STOP THE SHOOTING OF RHINOS IN SOUTH AFRICA | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
If you sign this petition it will show that we will not tolerate the horrific needless slaughtering of animals outside of our country.
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Animal Planet and Rhino Documentaries increase their reach

Discovery Communications has picked up two wildlife documentaries from independent UK producer and distributor Power to air across Europe on its Animal Planet channel.
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Why legalizing the Trade of Rhino Horn is Only Good for Rhino Owners

Why legalizing the Trade of Rhino Horn is Only Good for Rhino Owners | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

To legalize or not to legalize the trading of rhino horns to save the black rhino, white rhino from extinction in South Africa?

 

Despite the huge lobby to legalize rhino horn trade as a means to curb the poaching of endangered rhino and stop the wildlife trafficking and illegal trade, we at NIKELA remain opposed.

 

We are not wildlife conservationists, we do not own rhino, and we have no financial stake in whether rhino horn is traded or not. As citizens of our planet, as humans who care for wildlife and the protection of habitats and ecosystems we are fully committed to do all we can to stop the poaching and all other activities that compromise the preservation of wildlife and its environment....

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Wildlife Genocide: The African Rhino

The illegal slaughter of these majestic beasts has caused outrage globally - and rightly so. Animals are being lost on an almost daily basis. In 2013 there have been in excess of 273 rhino slayings in South Africa alone.
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Rhino poachers arrested

Rhino poachers arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

JOHANNESBURG - Eight suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Mpumalanga, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday.

 

Five suspects were arrested on Wednesday en route to Timbavati Private Game Reserve, said spokesman Paul Daphne in a statement.

 

Daphne said the men were found in possession of a high calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

 

The Timbavati Group had been put under heavy surveillance for three weeks, following a joint operation between the Kruger National Park (KNP), Mpumalanga Tourism and SANParks....

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Rhino’s Dying Breath Signals General’s Return to War

Rhino’s Dying Breath Signals General’s Return to War | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As he watched a white rhino take its
final breath after poachers broke its back and hacked off its
horn, major general Johan Jooste said he realized that South
Africa is facing a war to save the endangered species.
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We are truly in a race to save the rhino... and this is only one species, what about all the others?

We must do two things:

1) Support those who are making a difference in stopping the slaughter on the ground

2) Spread the word to stop the demand of buying wildlife products

Please join the fight today

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Minister calls for shoot to kill policy in Botswana

Minister calls for shoot to kill policy in Botswana | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana Parliament, Pono Moatlhodi, has called for the immediate introduction of a shoot to kill policy to tackle poachers targeting rhino and elephants in the country.
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Navy SEAL battles poachers to save rhinos

Navy SEAL battles poachers to save rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
While special operators typically protect Americans, Jeff 'Biggs' Wobig and his friends have branched out to another population: rhinos.
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Tit for Tat! The military getting involved on both sides in the battle to save the rhino.

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Where are Poachers getting Hunting Rifles?

Where are Poachers getting Hunting Rifles? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - The preferred weapon of choice for poachers in Kruger National Park has become the large-calibre hunting rifle, typically used to bring down big game like buffalo, elephant and rhino.

 

But the mystery is: Where do these guns come from, and who has the know-how and equipment to fit the silencers that law enforcement authorities are increasingly finding on these weapons?

 

Some anti-poaching personnel suspect that these guns might have been smuggled into Mozambique from somewhere else....

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/gunning-for-rhinos-1.1506342#.UXn7fLWG2So

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Mozambique: No rhinos left in Limpopo National Park

Mozambique: No rhinos left in Limpopo National Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Wildlife officials in Mozambique have announced the devastating news that there are no rhino left in the Limpopo National Park in the south of the country. They made the announcement earlier today (Wednesday) at a media briefing.
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Horribly sad news!

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Bigfoot versus the rhino

Bigfoot versus the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - The man with the big feet would leave his flip-flops at the fence. Barefooted he’d slip across the fence into Kruger National Park, alone, carrying a .375 calibre rifle fitted with a silencer. On his back was a bag filled with bread, water and an assortment of pills he would later crush up and smoke with tobacco.

 

Some of the pills were for heartburn, and he never really explained why he smoked it.

 

For protection against the rangers, a muti string hung from his rucksack.

On the Mozambican side of Kruger National Park, the poacher’s big feet were well known. His barefooted tracks in and out of the park had been seen often.

 

Anti-poaching units working the Mozambican side of Kruger had wanted to catch the man to see if he was as big as his feet promised....

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/bigfoot-versus-the-rhino-1.1506033#.UXntKLWG2So

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

The story of a poacher called 'Bigfoot'. He leaves his flip flops at the fence and enters the Kruger stalking his next rhino.

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