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What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Mozambique: Two Mozambican Poachers Killed in South Africa

Maputo — A further two Mozambicans have been shot dead by South African forces in the Kruger National Park where they were poaching wildlife.

 

A third person killed in the same clash was carrying both Mozambican and South African identity documents and is presumed to have been of dual nationality.

 

The spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police, Pedro Cossa, confirmed the deaths on Tuesday, and said that the clash had taken place on 17 February.

 

The bodies of the two Mozambicans have been repatriated to Massingir district, in the southern province of Gaza, while the third victim was buried in South Africa....

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Why African Rhinos Are Facing a Crisis

Why African Rhinos Are Facing a Crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The illegal trade in rhino horns is at an all-time high. That could bring growth of rhino populations to a grinding halt.
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Cites conference: The last chance to save the rhino

Cites conference: The last chance to save the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The poaching crisis now engulfing Africa’s rhinos and elephants will be top of the agenda at one of the world’s major conservation conferences next week – with a global appeal to Vietnam and China.
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Let's keep our fingers crossed that the powers that be will take action that makes a difference for the rhino

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CITES March 3-14: What does it mean for rhino, endangered species?

CITES March 3-14: What does it mean for rhino, endangered species? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Black Rhino and White Rhino are being poached at the rate of 2 a day in South Africa by organized wildlife crime syndicates and being trafficked to Asia.

 

Where is the concern?

With the huge rhino losses being experienced in the Kruger National Park and other public and private game reserves (2,400 since 2006 : 668 in 2012) South Africa appears not to have submitted any proposals to CITES. All the while trophy hunting and poaching put Black Rhino and White Rhino at ever increasing risk. This seems incomprehensible!....

 

http://www.nikela.org/blog/cites-march-3-14-what-does-it-mean-for-rhino-and-other-endangered-species 

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Singita uses tracker dogs to hunt poachers

Singita uses tracker dogs to hunt poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Safari company Singita has deployed tracker dogs in its Sabi Sand reserve in an attempt to deter poachers. The dogs are being supplied by K9 Conservation, a firm specialising in anti-poaching tactics.

The breeds to be used include Weimaraners, which have a natural instinct to hunt and will be able to track injured animals and humans who have stepped in animal remains; and Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds, which are good at detecting humans, firearms, explosives and spent cartridges. The dogs patrol every day and night. Animal population numbers are closely watched and any unusual animal movements are reported immediately.

 

Singita guide Mark Broodryk said the biggest advantage of using dogs was that their presence seemed to deter poachers. “Once trained dogs are deployed into an area, the news quickly spreads amongst poachers and criminal syndicates, and the level and frequency of poaching incidents and related crime is shown to drop dramatically.”

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Mozambique: Vietnamese Citizen Arrested With Rhino Horns

Maputo — The Mozambican police on Sunday arrested a Vietnamese citizen, Ho Chien, at Maputo International airport in possession of six rhinoceros horns, weighing about 17 kilos.

 

According to a report on the independent television station STV, Ho Chien was arrested as he was about to embark on an international flight. His detention was the result of joint work by the police, the customs service, and the veterinary department of the Ministry of Agriculture....

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RHINO: Commodity or Endangered Species?

One of the world's most magnificent animals, the rhino is in serious danger of extinction largely due to the value placed on its horn – which is presently twice as expensive as gold. Traditional methods to stem the tide have largely failed.
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The great rhino hunting debate

The hunting debate has once again reared its ugly head with the news that Timbavati will be holding 2 White Rhino hunts in the very near future.
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Kenya puts squeeze on SA over rhino trophies

Kenya puts squeeze on SA over rhino trophies | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Durban - South Africa is to come under further international pressure from Kenya next month to clean up the rhino-hunting industry and to ban any rhino horn trophies from leaving its shores for at least five years.

 

The proposal from the Kenyan government is to be debated in Bangkok, Thailand, at the 16th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which begins on March 3.

 

Although the Kenyan proposal does not call for an outright ban on legal rhino hunts in South Africa, it has called for a zero export quota on any rhino hunting trophies until at least 2018.

 

But the ban seems unlikely to succeed, as the Cites secretariat has recommended that Kenya’s proposal should not be adopted....

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Official DEA Rhino Poaching Stats - Feb 13, 2013

Official DEA Rhino Poaching Stats - Feb 13, 2013 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Anti-poaching units, supported by the SA Police Service, the Hawks and the SA National Defence Force, have arrested 13 people linked to poaching in the past week.

 

The arrest of 9 alleged poachers in the Kruger National Park, three alleged couriers in Johannesburg and one alleged poacher in Limpopo in the past weeks brings the number of people arrested to 34. Four alleged poachers were fatally wounded in the Kruger National Park.

 

The successful arrests came as the number of rhino poached since January 1, 2013, rose to 96. Of the rhino poached, 66 rhino were killed in the Kruger National Park, 11 in North West, 10 in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

The total number of alleged poachers arrested in the Kruger National Park has risen to 23 from 14 last week.

 

In a separate development, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the recommendation by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’s Secretariat that Kenya’s proposal to the upcoming 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) to halt the trade in rhino trophies and rhino products until COP18 be rejected.

 

“We welcome the CITES Secretariat’s recommendation and its endorsement of South Africa’s rhino management and conservation practices. We also welcome CITES’ acknowledgement of the recent significant steps taken to improve the management of rhino hunting,” said Minister Molewa.

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs implemented norms and standards for the marking of rhino horn, the collection of rhino data for a national database, and for the hunting of rhinos for trophies in 2012 as a tool to curb rhino poaching, publishing and implementing revised norms and standards for the marking of rhinoceros horn and for the hunting of rhinoceros for trophy hunting purposes. These norms and standards have put in place stricter controls for the issuing of rhino hunting permits, hunting of rhino and the transportation of the horn, which resulted in a significant reduction in the number of hunting applications received.

 

The proposal by Kenya to the CITES COP16, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2013, requests that members amend the annotation for white rhino populations in South Africa and Swaziland by placing a zero export quota on hunting trophies until at least COP 18.

 

This would mean that hunting trophies from South Africa would be subjected to a “zero quota until at least COP18” and that trade in all other rhino specimens be strictly regulated.

 

In its response the CITES Secretariat has stated that the proposed amendment would result in a trade regime for hunting trophies from the Appendix-II listed white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) populations of South Africa and Swaziland that would be more restrictive than for other range states whose rhino are already listed under Appendix I.

 

The CITES Secretariat states: “It would prevent South Africa and Swaziland from a using a management option that can be sustainable and beneficial for the conservation of the species; discourage the involvement of private landowners in the conservation of white rhinoceroses and undermine national and local rhino management strategies.”

 

South Africa has recently taken significant steps to improve its management of rhino hunting and the supporting statement does not show that trophy hunting, as currently regulated and enforced in South Africa, is negatively impacting the populations of white rhino in the country, the Secretariat said.

 

South Africans are urged to report any information or tip offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005.

 

http://www.environment.gov.za/?q=content%2Frhinopoaching_statistics_update 

 
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South Africa, Kenya to ‘speak with one voice’ on rhino at Bangkok conference

South Africa, Kenya to ‘speak with one voice’ on rhino at Bangkok conference | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Kenya, South Africa to vote as a bloc during next month’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
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Mark Boucher's Fight Against Rhino Poaching

Mark Boucher's Fight Against Rhino Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
He may have retired from all forms of cricket but Mark Boucher is keeping busy and doing a world of good for the environment as well. Boucher recently made
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How UAVs (Air Rangers) effectively deter rhino poachers

How UAVs (Air Rangers) effectively deter rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Air Rangers, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles can stop poaching, if there are enough of them with the right hi-tech equipment, thermal imaging cameras.
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Air Rangers are possibly the most sophisticated wildlife conservation drone there is and may be THE solution to stop the rhino poachers before they kill.

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Sue Woolley's comment, February 21, 2013 3:00 PM
WE NEED to check out every sear air port security this poached ivory and rhino horn are being taken out big time somewhere
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New Zealand: 11 Vietnamese arrested overseas in drug, rhino horn trade cases

New Zealand: 11 Vietnamese arrested overseas in drug, rhino horn trade cases | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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BATTLEGROUND: Rhino Wars

BATTLEGROUND: Rhino Wars | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
What do you get when you send three elite US Navy SEALs and a US Army Special Forces Green Beret, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and weapons, on a mission to stop poachers from killing off the last of Africa’s wild rhinoceros population?
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African Governments Failing the Rhino

The failure by African governments to stop the rampant poaching of rhinos has resulted in over 2,400 rhinos slaughtered since 2006. Without massive intervention from the international community, African rhinos will not hold out much longer, warn the experts.

On the eve of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned that the population growth of the species has slowed to the lowest levels since 1995....

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Rhino committee set up to fight poaching

Rhino committee set up to fight poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Premier Thandi Modise said the provincial government has set up a rhino priority committee to intensify the fight against the scourge of poaching.

The North West has lost 11 rhinos to poaching since the start of the year and 77 last year compared to 21 in 2011 and 57 in 2010.

Delivering the state of the province address in the legislature, Modise said the committee would serve to evaluate the occurrence of the rhino incidents, plan jointly and provide feedback on its investigations to government.

“Rhino poaching is a priority crime and therefore it must be treated as a serious crime.

“We hope to make a breakthrough in combating rhino poaching. Miscreants will undoubtedly be brought to book. We will arrest them, charge them, find them guilty and sentence them,” emphasised the premier.

She credited the committee for its active involvement which resulted in 32 arrests, the latest being the arrest of six poachers in the Sandgate farm in Vryburg last Wednesday night.

The committee chaired by the SAPS is constituted of various government security agencies and stakeholders such as the NPA, justice departments, unions, traditional leaders, North West Parks and Tourism Board, Private Rhino Association and the provincial department of economic development, environment, conservation and tourism.

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Kids host party and raise money for rhino

Kids host party and raise money for rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Twins host “save the rhino” birthday party 

Saving the rhino is all about a global effort. Everyone can do their part, no matter their age, financial position or education. This was proven by eight year old twins, Eli and Joshua Simms, who chose to use their ninth birthday party as a fundraising and awareness event in aid of rhinos.

 

The boys, with assistance from their mom Christa, contacted the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection initiative in early February this year to ask if they could make a donation towards the cause. “We were just blown away by the boys’ generosity,” says Christine Roets of Forever Wild. “It is so wonderful to see young kids taking up a cause, and encouraging their friends to be a part of the solution to rhino poaching.”...

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, February 28, 2013 5:56 AM
Aw man, how beautiful is this note and well done to Eli and Joshua for working so hard for the rhino xxx
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The Big Issue covers the rhino poaching crisis

The Big Issue covers the rhino poaching crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Big Issue takes coverage of the rhino poaching crisis to new depths in its February 25 th issue with a massive cover story that gets to the bottom of the slaughter.
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Ezemvelo fights rhino poaching with jobs

The announcement by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife that it will employ 300 more rhino ambassadors and pay them a stipend of R2000 a month has been hailed.
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Phalaborwa: Alleged rhino poachers in court

Phalaborwa: Alleged rhino poachers in court | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Five men accused of rhino poaching appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

 

Morris Sithole, Manuel Shitlhangu, Matthews Mathebula, from Giyani, and Santos Manyisi and Sergio Chauke, from Mozambique, would be back in court on March 5, said Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi.

 

The men, who are aged between 40 and 47, were arrested on Tuesday, apparently while on their way to the Kruger National Park.

 

Police confiscated a 1.4 calibre hunting rifle and silencer, eight pieces of live ammunition, a butcher's knife and an axe.

 

The men face charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and charges under the National Environment Biodiversity Act. - Sapa

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Rhino hunting shock at game reserve

Rhino hunting shock at game reserve | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A private game reserve in Limpopo has come under fire after offering packages to hunt rhino instead of saving them.
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Sue Woolley's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:59 PM
mans greed prevails once again ! what utter traitors !
Sue Woolley's curator insight, February 24, 2013 12:39 PM

HAVE YOU ALL SEEN THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SHOCKING !

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Think Legalizing Rhino Horn Good Idea? Read this: Elephants are not Diamonds

Think Legalizing Rhino Horn Good Idea? Read this: Elephants are not Diamonds | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Katarzyna Nowak and her colleagues reignite the debate on whether a regulated legal trade in ivory can ever be a mechanism advantageous to elephant conservation.
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Sue Woolley's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:00 PM

No TRADE !   these rhino  and ellie Feel Pain  shock sorrow  like we Do !!!

NO TO TRADE EVER >>>>>>>>>NO TRADE

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NY Antiques Dealer Gets Prison Time, Fine for Rhino Horn Buy

A New York City antiques dealer who admitted he illegally bought rhinoceros horns has been sentenced to six months in prison.

 

David Hausman also was fined $28,000 in federal court on Thursday for breaking laws intended to protect endangered black rhinos....

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