Rhinotek, Nyota, Serian and Jazz: four black rhinos that visitors to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya won't be seeing again.
A gang of armed poachers struck early on December 1, shooting Rhinotek, an 11-year-old female, in the stomach. They picked off Nyota and Serian the following night. What remained of Jazz was found later that day. The following week a fifth black rhino was slaughtered and left to bleed to death, its horn set hacked out, just a mile from human habitation....
The South African National Parks (SANParks) has enlisted the help of Crime Line and its partner, Crime Stop in the fight against rhino poaching.
The ‘Rhino Alive’ campaign was launched at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) today.
618 Rhino have been slaughtered in the country since the beginning of the year - almost 50% in the Kruger Park alone. The KNP’s rhinos account for 60% of the country and 40% of world’s rhino population.
In his address, SANParks CEO, Dr David Mabunda said they are expecting another 22 rhino to be slaughtered in the KNP before the end of 2012...
A GROUP of 10 hunting operators donated equipment worth 42m/- to boost anti-poaching campaigns in the country.
In the meantime, the companies made special request to the government to increase the hunting period from five to around 20 years, which could be considerable for the firms to invest in key infrastructures like roads and bridges for easy access into the wildlife areas....
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Wednesday that it has acquired the services of a retired army general to oversee the overall anti- poaching operations in the country.
This move was part of the tactics to fight the rhino poaching scourge in the Kruger National Park (KNP), SAAParks said.
SANParks Chief Executive Officer David Mabunda introduced Major General Johan Jooste, 60, to the media at the KNP....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Let's hope the General can get everyone working together... one of South Africa's biggest problem in getting the poaching problem solved... collaboration... the lack thereof.
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