What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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PHOTOS: Gathering evidence at rhino poaching site

PHOTOS: Gathering evidence at rhino poaching site | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Lying lifeless on the bleached grass of a South African game reserve is the latest rhino to fall victim to poachers in their ruthless pursuit of the creatures' valuable horns.


This grisly photographs reflect the damage wrought by increasing numbers of poachers eager to exploit demand for rhino horn - which now has a street value higher than gold in some countries.


The rhino, which was shot at the Nwanetsi picnic site on the famous game reserve, is the 203rd to be poached in South Africa this year alone...



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2306914/Grisly-truth-rhino-poaching-Rotting-carcass-majestic-beast-slaughtered-horns-worth-gold-discovered-South-Africa.html#ixzz2QAtItTPF ;

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Grisly crime scene!

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UK: Rhino horn DNA database introduced

UK: Rhino horn DNA database introduced | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A new DNA database is being set up to hold genetic information on all the rhinoceros horn in the UK in an attempt to stop its theft and trade.
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South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching

South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa has injected poison into the horns of 100 rhinos in an effort to curtail poaching on their property!
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Wildlife Detector Dogs trained to sniff out illegal wildlife shipments - Examiner.com

Wildlife Detector Dogs trained to sniff out illegal wildlife shipments - Examiner.com | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Wildlife Detector Dogs trained to sniff out illegal wildlife shipments Examiner.com Nor should they be killed for valuable animal parts such as elephant ivory and rhino horn. Now the U.S.
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Flooded roads and rhino attacks

Four roads, leading to Richtersveld National Park near the SA-Namibian border, have been closed following heavy flooding in the area.

SA National Parks (SANParks) acting spokesperson Gabrielle Venter on Wednesday said: “The flooding is so bad that the roads are undriveable.”

Venter’s colleague Hendrik Prins, said: “The flooding is 6m deep. Tourists from Namibia cannot travel. If they do decide to, they should do it at their own risk. Richtersveld is part of but not in the Kruger.”

The closed roads are Oranjemund, Rosh Pinah, Ai-Ais and Noordoewer.

Meanwhile, SANParks confirmed yesterday that poachers had intensified their attacks on the rapidly diminishing rhino population in the Kruger Park over Easter. A total of 56 incursions were recorded in the Kruger Park and a post-Easter holiday report says rhino poaching activities heightened between March 21 and April 1.

Kruger Park was a shooting spot with six separate incidents of gunfire recorded. Two high calibre hunting rifles (a .385 and .485) were seized, plus ammunition and dehorning equipment such as axes.

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Rhino poaching toll tops 200 for 2013

Poachers have killed over 200 rhino in South Africa this year, the environment ministry says, as a major security operation fails to curb illegal hunting for the rhino horn trade.
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Horrible Stats!

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15 years behind bars for rhino poachers

15 years behind bars for rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Two men will spend the next 15 years in jail after they were found guilty of rhino poaching in Limpopo, police said on Wednesday.

"Two rhino poachers, one from Mozambique and one from South Africa, will spend the next fifteen years behind bars after they were sentenced in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court earlier this week," said Colonel Ronel Otto.

Inaso Makhubela from Mozambique, and Jorudo Ngobeni, 42, were found guilty of hunting special protected game, possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, and trespassing.

They were sentenced with no option of a fine on Tuesday.

Makhubela and Ngobeni were caught on a farm in Timbavati, near the Kruger National Park, in October 2011.

"The two suspects shot and killed a rhino and then dehorned the animal. They were caught by rangers patrolling the farm as they were leaving the scene," Otto said.

Limpopo provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Simon Mpembe hoped this would deter others from poaching.

"Police in the province are going all out to fight this scourge and together with other role players, such as the justice department, the efforts will only be intensified," he said.
       
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Appeal for volunteer rhino guards

The Aspinall Foundation, which runs two wildlife parks in Kent, is appealing for volunteers to help guard its herds of black rhino, after being warned by police that its parks are being targeted by poachers. It is believed to be the first time they have plotted raids in the UK....

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Rhino security chief: hearts, minds and bullets

Rhino security chief: hearts, minds and bullets | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As a young, poorly educated Maasai, John Pameri walked a hundred kilometres to get a job at Kenya's Lewa Conservancy – twice. Two decades later he's head of a 150-strong security team, recently gai...
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Rhino poachers on prowl at KENT wildlife parks

Rhino poachers on prowl at KENT wildlife parks | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino horn, used in traditional medicine and for aphrodisiacs, is worth more than its weight in gold in some countries
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Thanks to the folk in Kent for tighting up security to protect these two.

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Sue Woolley's curator insight, March 30, 2013 6:28 PM

just let them  try it grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Three suspected rhino poachers shot dead in South Africa's Kruger Park

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Three suspected rhinoceros poachers were killed in a shoot-out with rangers in South Africa's Kruger National Park, a park official said on Thursday.

 

The killing of rhinos for their horns, worth more than their weight in gold, is rampant in the park. So far this year, 188 rhinos have been poached in South Africa, 135 in Kruger alone, according to government figures released this week.

 

"Our rangers were on patrol and they came across these suspected poachers. Shooting ensued and the three were fatally wounded," said Kruger spokesman William Mabasa.

 

 

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South Africa: Easter Holidays Cut Short for Rhino Horn Thieves

South Africa: Easter Holidays Cut Short for Rhino Horn Thieves | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Two foreign nationals thought they had scored the lottery after stealing a rhino horn and attempted to sell it to an undercover cop.

 

The two suspects aged 35 and 31 who are farm workers at Lephalale allegedly stole the rhino horn from their employers display cabinet two weeks ago whilst he was on a holiday trip overseas. In an attempt to make quick bucks, they went looking for a buyer. Unfortunately their ticket to riches was in a form of an undercover cop.

 

The "covert" buyer requested to see the merchandise and once satisfied they agreed on a R2 000 000 payment. The suspects had their luggage ready for their trip home and unbeknown to them they were lured to a cop shop in Alldays.

 

The suspect's excitement overshadowed reality that they were in the premises of a police station. Their bubble was burst when their supposedly buyer cop announced that they were under arrest early Tuesday morning.

 

Further investigations led the police to the employer who confirmed that the rhino horn was in fact registered under his name. He had gotten it from one of his rhinos that died in 2011. The rhino horn is being kept by the police as evidence. The two suspects will appear at the Lephalale Magistrate Court on Wednesday on charges of theft and possession of a rhino horn.

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Museum hides £400k rhino heads over robbery fears

Museum hides £400k rhino heads over robbery fears | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S oldest independent museum has been forced to put two valuable rhino heads under lock and key, amid fears the building could be targeted by armed gangs selling illegal rhino horn on the Asian black market.
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Poacher Attack: Through the Eyes of a Rhino Calf

Poacher Attack: Through the Eyes of a Rhino Calf | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
As the number of rhinos killed by poachers keep rising, more traumatized orphaned calves are in need of care, Karen Trendler, Kirsten Everett.
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Written by our student volunteer Kirsten Everett... Thanks so much

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66 rhino horns stolen from Limpopo farm

66 rhino horns stolen from Limpopo farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

"The guys knew what they were doing. It was perfectly planned," owner of the Leshoka Thabang game farm Johan van Zyl told the Beeld newspaper.

 

Thieves stole the horns, two hunting rifles and four laptops when they broke into the office of a bordering farm on Thursday.

 

Van Zyl de-horned the rhino three weeks ago after receiving permission from the Limpopo environmental affairs department.

 

Limpopo police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto said departmental nature conservationists were supposed to put microchips in the horns in accordance with the law before locking them up in a place of safety.

 

Van Zyl said since the beginning of the year four rhino had been shot on his farm.

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Some suspect an inside job? Sad that so few are (or is it can be) trusted anymore!

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Michael Lorentz's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:09 AM

Hard to believe this was not an inside job....

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As many as 1000 Rhino's could be killed this year

The surge in rhino poaching could lead to the prehistoric animal's demise. Conservative estimates show that as many as a thousand rhino could be poached this...
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Horrible prediction!

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Rhino poacher commits suicide, another arrested

Rhino poacher commits suicide, another arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
SANPARKS has confirmed that while the country was enjoying the Easter, the fight against rhino poaching was at its peak with 56 incursions and four contacts with rhino poachers in the Kruger National park.
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Chemical cocktail to turn off poachers

Chemical cocktail to turn off poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A non-lethal chemical containing pink dye will now make it a health risk to consume rhino horn for medicinal purposes.
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Why For-Profit Companies chose the Rhino as their Icon

Why For-Profit Companies chose the Rhino as their Icon | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
We found 21 who use the rhino in their name, others use it as an icon or mascot. Do they understand that it is highly endangered due to poaching?
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Rhino Euthanize in Kruger National Park after Poacher Attack

A rhino had to be euthanised in the Kruger National Park after she was badly mutilated by poachers a day after a SA Air Force helicopter crashed in the Park claiming the lives of all five soldiers on board.

 

The SAAF helicopter was participating in a rhino anti-poaching operation on Saturday night when the accident happened. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the SA National Defence Force.

 

On Sunday, SANParks rangers heard two shots and reacted with the support of the SANParks helicopter. During a brief contact, one armed suspected poacher was arrested. A .375 rifle and silencer were recovered. A badly mutilated rhino cow was found alive close to the scene of the contact. The animal was bleeding profusely from having its horns, entire mouth, tongue, nose and eyes hacked off and had to be euthanised. The search for the alleged poacher's accomplice is continuing.

 

This brings the number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year to 203....

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South African copter crash kills 5 soldiers on rhino patrol

Five South African soldiers died in a helicopter crash while patrolling for rhino poachers in the sprawling Kruger National Park.
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Debate rages on nation's role in rhino crisis

Debate rages on nation's role in rhino crisis | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
VietNamNet Bridge –Viet Nam News reporter Le Quynh Anh discussed Viet
Nam's role in the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa with parties
involved in a recent meeting on the future of rhinos.
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2013 rhino poaching toll a grim 188 already

2013 rhino poaching toll a grim 188 already | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A total of 188 rhino have been killed since the beginning of the year.

 

"In the Kruger National Park, 135 rhino have been poached, while 17 rhino have been killed in North West, 16 have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal,  10 in Limpopo and another 10 in Mpumalanga provinces," said the environment department spokesperson Albi Modise yesterday.

He said South Africa and China had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fight rhino poaching....

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Legalizing rhino horn: Twisted logic?

Legalizing rhino horn: Twisted logic? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa's minister for environmental affairs believes a legal, controlled trade in rhino horn is the answer to saving the country's critically endangered rhinoceros population....

 

Conservation groups are naturally opposed to legalizing the rhino horn trade, which has been banned under CITES for 30 years.

 

The arguments against legalization are pretty straight forward...

 

First of all it would sanction the morality of “farming” a critically endangered species.It would also legitimize the bogus use of rhino horn as a medicine or sexual tonic, exploiting the erroneous and dangerous beliefs of those who think it might cure their cancer or help them in the bedroom, thereby perpetuating both legal and illegal markets.Furthermore, a recent study by the Environmental Investigation Agency found that China’s legal farming of tigers for their skins feeds the illegal trade in “medicines” made from tiger bones.Finally, it would highlight a hypocrisy in the very bodies that are meant to preserve rhinos as a species.The last two are in a way already happening through the legitimized trophy hunting of rhinoceros in Southern African game parks.

 

http://asiancorrespondent.com/103287/legalizing-rhino-horn-twisted-logic/ ;

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Michael Lorentz's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:18 AM

It would be an enormous mistake to legalise or sanction the use of rhino horn in any way.

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Georgia Brother and Sister Honored with International Youth Philanthropy Award

Carter and Olivia Ries, brother and sister from Fayetteville, Georgia, who have created plastic recycling programs being used in schools across the U.S.
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