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Tracking Namibia's Rhinos - Because they're Awesome!

Tracking Namibia's Rhinos - Because they're Awesome! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

I scan the ochre mountains and golden hills, dotted with acacias and low shrubs, hoping a rhino will materialize. A Steenbok, one of the smaller antelopes bounces around nearby....

 

My fascination with rhinos goes back to high school, where I read Ionesco's Rhinoceros, a play about the absurdity of human nature. A few years later, I stood in front of Albrecht Dürer's woodcut of a rhinoceros at the British Museum, hypnotized by the prehistoric-looking animal with its two large horns and armor-like hide...

 

 

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How to stop rhino horn trade: Convince people it's a bogus remedy - Asian Correspondent

How to stop rhino horn trade: Convince people it's a bogus remedy - Asian Correspondent | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

How to stop rhino horn trade: Convince people it's a bogus remedyAsian CorrespondentSouth African Rhino, pic: Jonathan Talbot, World Resources Institute.


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Rhino Poaching vs Rhino Sales

Rhino Poaching vs Rhino Sales | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As a Conservationist their is no doubt in my mind that animals cannot compete for habitat in a capitalistic society with out monitory value. Emotional out cries against hunting and animal products has lead to many species loosing the race against alternative land usage and even though many people are shouting Eco-tourism it proved stupid to base the health of large Eco-systems on the success of World Economy. With action and adventure sport, cheap destinations and Discovery channel setting expectations the foreign tourism market have no way to support the animal population explosion in South African Game Reserves.

 

As long as some thing has a monitory value there will be money to protect it. Let us take Gold, Oil and Drugs for an example. The new G.O.D of the world.

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Property agent nabbed for illegally trading rhino horn

Property agent nabbed for illegally trading rhino horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A well known property agent from Bethlehem, her husband and another woman were arrested for illegal trading in rhino horns.

 

The 61-year-old agent and the woman, 58, were arrested after they were caught in a police trap after months of investigation, the Volksblad newspaper reported.

 

The agent and her 57-year-old husband stayed on a farm in Fouriesburg, which was managed by the husband.

 

A police dog was used to find the four rhino horns in the farm house.

 

The couple and the woman were in custody and held by police in Bethlehem.

 

They were expected to appear in the Bethlehem Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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Affluent Vietnamese driving rhino horn poaching in South Africa, report warns

Affluent Vietnamese driving rhino horn poaching in South Africa, report warns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Conservationists say conspicuous consumption from a growing middle class is opening a new market in the illegal wildlife trade.

 

Conspicuous consumption from a growing middle class in Vietnam is driving the catastrophic poaching of rhino horns in South Africa, conservationists warned on Monday.

 

While the country's appetite for rhino horn was in recent years largely driven by the mistaken belief it was a cure for cancer, lately it has become a party drink for corporate events and promoted on Vietnamese websites as "the alcoholic drink of millionaires" when ground down and taken with wine....

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South Africa, wildlife conservation, and international pressure

South Africa, wildlife conservation, and international pressure | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa has long had an official policy to place wildlife in private hands. This means kudus, wildebeest, impalas, rhinos, lions etc are traded and bred to supply game ranches, private parks, hunting organisations.

 

Many hunting proponents claim that South Africa “saved” white rhinos by allowing them to be sold to private owners to then be shot by foreign hunters.

 

And South Africa “saved” many other species by allowing them to be ranched and sold for commercial profit. Indeed, some will claim that by allowing private breeders to supply canned lion hunting trophies, we are actually saving the wild lions.

 

But we do need to take an informed step backward from such views. Let’s perhaps give South Africa some credit for the initial idea of allowing wildlife, normally the property of the State, to be placed in private hands. Perhaps there was even some hopeful thought that this would result in a positive benefit for conservation.

 

But this has never happened. Private ownership by necessity involves commercial utilisation, most of which will be consumptive (hunting for meat and trophies, live trade), so by and large there is no conservation component – just having more “wildlife” on game ranches does nothing for wild populations. Indeed, by allowing rhinos to be commercially utilised, South Africa provided an initial supply that seeded massive levels of commercial poaching in the country and beyond.

 

By creating a supply for the Asian Traditional Medicine bone trade of lions, South Africa has created growing levels of lion poaching across Africa, especially involving neighbouring countries like Botswana....

 

http://www.lionaid.org/blog/2012/07/south-africa-wildlife-conservation-and-international-pressure.htm ;

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Rhino Crisis Round Up: Game Farmers Allegedly Killing Their Own Rhinos & More

Rhino Crisis Round Up: Game Farmers Allegedly Killing Their Own Rhinos & More | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
This week, the South African media reported that some game farmers and reserve owners have allegedly been killing their own rhinos and claiming the rhinos were...

 

...game farmer Dawie Groenewald was mentioned in the IOL/ Cape Times revelation, since the bodies of 20 dehorned rhinos were found in a mass grave on his property shortly after his 2010 arrest....

 

...Marnus Steyl, who (allegedly) hired Thai prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters to kill rhinos on his property. Steyl is (allegedly) linked to the lion bone trade as well.
However, a Hawks’ spokesperson told Eyewitness News that they do not want “farmers to be painted with the same brush [as poachers]“....

 

...R11 million (US $1,331,077) in assets belonging to South African game farmer and convicted rhino horn dealer Jacques Els have been seized. The assets are “believed to have been acquired through criminal activities” and the seizure includes his Thabazimbi property.


Els began serving his eight-year sentence earlier this month.
As of July 17th, at least 281 rhinos have been massacred for their horns this year in South Africa....

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Is rhino horn like sheep's wool? Legalised horn trade ‘ could save rhino’ maybe!

Is rhino horn like sheep's wool? Legalised horn trade ‘ could save rhino’ maybe! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

EZEMVELO KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife’s push to have the global ban on the rhino horn trade lifted has found support in a new proposal to establish a central selling organisation (CSO) for rhino horns, similar to the one that enabled De Beers to control diamond prices and markets...

 

There is no silver bullet" to eliminate poaching, but stabilising demand and prices for the horn to generate income and disrupt illegal trade, and better law enforcement, can make rhino conservation sustainable over the long term, says Roger Porter, the former head of planning at Ezemvelo, the environment and conservation management department of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government.

 

Mr Porter’s plan includes selling horns directly to Chinese pharmaceutical firms. Horns will be certified by chemical analysis and transponder chips through the proposed CSO.

 

Buyers will be certified, there will be three to four international sales a year, only clean horns will be sold, and the horns will be imported and exported through the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) certificates....

 

One of the biggest hurdles to legalisation is that the government needs to retain ties with trading partners such as Vietnam, China and the European Union, and overturning the ban will require approval from two-thirds of Cites members.

 

Mr Porter says the horns for trading will be supplied only from the natural deaths of the relatively healthy white rhino population in southern Africa, and from stockpiles accumulated by the government and private sector over decades.

 

Stricter penalties and better policing for rhino poachers was essential, and income from the legal trade will go back to the conservation of the animal....

 

Mr Porter wants the government to try out his proposal for legal trade of the horn for five years to "see what impact it has on poaching and black market prices". If there is no benefit, the sales could be stopped....

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Rhino Queem's comment, July 23, 2012 6:18 PM
Hi, Margrit. Good to read the statement in full. Porter's concept, and analogy with the diamond industry, are nice, but fundamentally flawed. Yes, certification helped De Beers to control diamond prices and the markets, but everyone knows there is a thriving demand for uncertified diamonds. Additionally, diamond price control has kept the prices up - to use certification and price control for rhinos in the same way would keep rhino horn prices up, thus encouraging poaching. Only artificially low prices could discourage illegal poaching. And I don't anyone will go for drastically dropping the price of rhino horn.

Just because there is no "silver bullet" is NO reason to implement a fundamentally flawed premise.
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Owners Attacking and 'Dehorning' Their Own Rhinos?

Owners Attacking and 'Dehorning' Their Own Rhinos? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Some rhino owners are allegedly dehorning or killing them, claiming to be victims of poaching, according to a new report.

 

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told the newspaper they were aware of allegations of rhino owners attacking their own animals, selling the horns illegally and then covering up the crime.

 

"We are not prepared to talk about these since they are at their very early stages," he said, refusing to confirm whether the Hawks were officially investigating these claims.

 

Three sources linked to the underworld, who could not be named, told the newspaper they knew of game farm and reserve owners who were guilty of this crime.

 

The owners were either desperate for money or had realised that selling horns was more profitable than keeping their rhinos.

 

On Tuesday, the environmental affairs department said 281 rhinos had been poached this year, mostly in the Kruger National Park. Police had arrested 176 individuals in connection with the crimes.

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Air show highlights rhino plight

Air show highlights rhino plight | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The fight against rhino poaching literally took to the skies last week when a rhino was airlifted in a breathtaking “Skydive for Rhino” at the 2012 Durban Air Show.
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Court orders release of rhino suspects

Court orders release of rhino suspects | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

he High Court ordered the release of three suspected rhino poachers on bail this week.

 

The court order was enforced in the Louis Trichardt Regional Court on Tuesday.

 

The three men, Januarie Machava (37), Juda Nyembe (38) and Matthew Pedro Ngwenya (42), accused of poaching rhinos in the Alldays area, lodged an appeal to the North Gauteng High Court to be released after they were initially denied bail earlier this year. All three were charged with single counts of attempted murder and the carrying out of a restricted activity on a protected species without the necessary permit....

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Second man arrested in Norwich Castle rhino horn theft case

Second man arrested in Norwich Castle rhino horn theft case | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A second man has been arrested in connection with a failed attempt to steal a £240,000 rhino horn from Norwich Castle Museum in February.

 

The 21-year-old from Newham, east London, was detained over the weekend and released on bail until September.

 

Nihad Mahmod, 19, of no fixed address, has already been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the attempt to steal the horn.

The museum has since replaced the rhino horn with a replica.

 

On the black market, rhino horns can sell for about £50,000 per-kg, making them as valuable or more valuable than gold or cocaine.
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Dog helps rat out rhino horn thieves

Dog helps rat out rhino horn thieves | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Four white rhino horns with a total value estimated at R2.5m were recovered by police in a farmhouse in the Fouriesburg district on Monday.
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HSI Takes Rhino Poaching by the Horns in China

HSI Takes Rhino Poaching by the Horns in China | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
In June 2012, HSI took part in a series of presentations at a press conference in Beijing, where we called on the Chinese public and authorities to help arrest the escalating rhino poaching crisis.
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Young scientists abuzz over rhino poaching

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Johannesburg - An idea by two school girls to use honey bees to combat rhino poaching...

 

Their project won them a scholarship each for a year’s study at Rhodes University.

 

A handful of bees were trained to detect the smell of kudu horn. A kudu was substituted for rhino as they could not obtain a rhino horn.

The bees learnt to associate the rhino smell with sugar water...

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Latest Rhino Poaching Stats.

Latest Rhino Poaching Stats. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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KZN Officials lureRhino poacher into trap

KZN Officials lureRhino poacher into trap | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
KwaZulu-Natal - Wildlife officials had their suspicions about one of their rangers being involved in poaching rhino in KwaZulu-Natal. So they set a trap, transferring the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife ranger to the anti-poaching unit where he could be more closely watched.

 

Eight months later, the trick paid off and, together with members of the Durban Organised Crime Unit, they swooped on the ranger on Friday....

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Don' jump to conclusions: Hawks investigating game ranch #rhino poaching cases

Don' jump to conclusions: Hawks investigating game ranch #rhino poaching cases | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Hawks are investigating various cases involving rhino poachers.JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks on Thursday called on the public not to draw conclusions from...
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Rhino cops seize R11m in assets from Limpopo game farmer

Rhino cops seize R11m in assets from Limpopo game farmer | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Law enforcement agencies on Friday seized R11 million in assets from a Limpopo game farmer convicted of dealing in rhino horns.
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VIDEO: Dance to be wild

VIDEO: Dance to be wild | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

An initiative by leading South African and International Ballroom and Latin American dancers to:

 

- contribute effectively to the fight against the indiscrimiate killing of our rhino population through dance.

 

- enhance South Africa's children's lives through the beauty of dance.

 

- empower South Africa's children to take ownership of their wildlife heritage through educational and dance programmes.

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Unicorns are real! We call them RHINO

Unicorns are real! We call them RHINO | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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Juls's comment, July 20, 2012 6:06 AM
That they are! :)
Wildlife Margrit's comment, July 20, 2012 5:56 PM
Agreed Juls ;)
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How You Can Help Save Rhino and Other Endangered Species

How You Can Help Save Rhino and Other Endangered Species | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Much to do, with a little help from a lot we can save endangered species, like rhino from poaching, wildlife trafficking, illegal trade, and organized crime.

 

Nikela volunteers and friends help in three major ways:

1)Raising Funds

2)Sharing Expertise

3)Giving Time

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281 rhinos killed by poachers in S. Africa this year

281 rhinos killed by poachers in S. Africa this year | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers in South Africa have killed 281 rhinos so far this year, with the world-famous Kruger National Park accounting for over half the killings, authorities said Tuesday.
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Peoria Illinois Zoo's Bowling for Rhinos

The Central Illinois Zoo Keepers Association at the Peoria Zoo is sponsoring the annual Bowling for Rhinos August 4th at Landmark Lanes in Peoria.

 

The American Association of Zoo Keepers has collected over $4 million dollars since 1990 with 100% of contributions going towards rhino conservation. There are only five remaining rhino species and the AAZK has projects for all species.

 

The Peoria Zoo has two male African White Rhinos Leo and Harris. If you enjoy bowling and want to help rhino conservation then get a team together for fund raising and fun.

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