What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Carved rhino horn cup beats auction valuation

Carved rhino horn cup beats auction valuation | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A RHINOCEROS horn libation cup bought for £15 at a Surrey charity shop has fetched £18,700 at auction.
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This should not be happening!

That's why we must spread awareness to stop the buying

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Tiny Glimpse into What Rhino Rangers are up Against

Tiny Glimpse into What Rhino Rangers are up Against | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Thick brush, no trails, night vision goggles and powerful guns, enter poachers and rangers in the fight to save the rhino.
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A recent hike in a remote Texas State Park yields an appreciation for South Africa's anti-poaching rangers.

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One More Generation Saves One Rhino At A Time

One More Generation Saves One Rhino At A Time | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
(ANIMAL ACTIVISTS) Carter and Olivia Ries may seem like your average kids, but don't let their age fool you. The siblings founded One More Generation (OMG), an organization that campaigns on behalf...
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R300k fine for rhino horn possession

R300k fine for rhino horn possession | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Vietnamese man has been fined R300 000 for the illegal possession of five rhino horns worth an estimated R6.8 million in Asia....
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Official Rhino Death Toll: 618

Official Rhino Death Toll: 618 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Via Ed Huydic

 

Worst Rhino poaching deaths on record, 618 offically killed this year to date (Dec 10, 2012)

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VIDEO: Students Learn about Rhino Conservation at MJRR

Students at the Mae Jemison U.S. Science Reading Room joined One More Generation's letter writing campaign to stop rhino poaching! Many thanks to OMG for ins...
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Predator becomes prey: Google-funded drones to hunt poachers in Africa

Predator becomes prey: Google-funded drones to hunt poachers in Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Google has awarded a $5 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to use and adapt new technologies to combat animal poaching around the worl...
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Don’t mind our pet rhino (13 Photos)

Don’t mind our pet rhino (13 Photos) | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Via Dailymail.co.uk ...

 

The mother of this baby rhino was shot by poachers. Now it lives in a guesthouse in Zimbabwae which is run by husband and wife team Roger and Anne Whittall. Five years after his adoption, Jimmy, named after Roger’s late father, is free to come and go as he pleases but still visits Anne, 71, regularly by popping his head through the open kitchen window. A family friend said about the rhino, “There’s no doubt that Jimmy sees Anne as his mother.” Which isn’t surprising seeing as Anne bottle-fed him five or six times a day as a youngster.

 

http://thechive.com/2012/12/06/dont-mind-our-pet-rhino-13-photos/ ;

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Poachers Kill 4 Rhinos in 1 Kenyan Wildlife Park

Officials at a wildlife park in Kenya say they found four dead rhinoceros shot by poachers in a two-day span.

 

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said Wednesday that two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were killed. The bodies were discovered on Saturday and Sunday. Lewa has lost 10 rhinos to poaching in the last three years.

 

Poaching deaths of rhinos and elephants are spiking sharply across Africa because of an increase demand for rhino horn and ivory from Asia's rising middle class.

 

The four deaths bring Lewa's rhino population to 71. Lewa is a private reserve near Mount Kenya.

 

Kenya has about 600 rhinos in total.

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Eight Poachers Appear in Court

Eight Poachers Appear in Court | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Poachers Revealed!. Eight men accused of being involved in rhino poaching appeared in court on December 4.
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Man jailed after trying to steal rhino head

Man jailed after trying to steal rhino head | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

LONDON: A Londoner was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Monday after his attempt to steal a rhino head worth up to 500,000 pounds (US$800,000) from a museum was thwarted by staff and visitors....

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Saving Rhinos: ethical alternative to rhino horn

Rhinoceros Horn LLC will fund the cause through funds raised on the popular crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo.com from December 13th and use the money to market a new ethically sourced keratin protein product to save the threatened and critically...

 

Portland, Oregon, USA, Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There is a new face in the global effort tosave rhinos from poaching. In response to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call to action on WildlifeConservation Day for a global effort to combat wildlife crime, Rhinoceros Horn LLC announced today of plansto provide an ethical alternative to rhino horn and so reduce the incentive to illegally poach rhinos. The companywill fund the cause through funds raised on the popular crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo.com from December 13th and use the money to market a new ethically sourced keratin protein product to save the threatened andcritically endangered rhinos in India and South Africa from extinction...

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Department of State Marks Wildlife Conservation Day

Washington, DC - U.S. missions around the globe will mark Wildlife Conservation Day on December 4 with programs including speaking engagements at local schools, film presentations, roundtables, an appearance by Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin at the U.S. Department of State, and a videotaped call to action by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

In Washington D.C., Jeff Corwin, host and executive producer of Animal Planet’s "The Jeff Corwin Experience," will speak at the Department of State’s Ralph Bunche Library at 11 a.m. on December 4. Mr. Corwin will be joined by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine and Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones. Mr. Corwin will also lead two international webchats on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4.

 

Global events include...

 

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/world/2479-department-of-state-marks-wildlife-conservation-day.html

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'Rhino horn usage a sign of wealth'

'Rhino horn usage a sign of wealth' | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Vietnamese conservationists say rhino horn is being used more as a status symbol.
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Retired general hired to oversee anti-poaching operations in South Africa

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....
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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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Conservation Drones MAJA Edition

Visit ConservationDrones.org for more information
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They're starting to catch on! Peter (whose anti-poaching efforts we support) has been saying these are what's needed for some time now.

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Poachers leave death threats for rangers

Poachers leave death threats for rangers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino are not the only ones in danger of harm from poachers - rangers in the Kruger National Park are now receiving death threats from them too.
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Yes it's a war out there, that needs to be fought on multiple fronts... starting with addressing the corruption at the heart of wildlife trafficking (poaching)

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Rhino death toll hits 618 with 257 arrested for poaching

Rhino death toll hits 618 with 257 arrested for poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A total of 618 rhinos have been poached in South Africa so far this year, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Monday....

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Suspected poachers appear in court

Suspected poachers appear in court | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

JOHANNESBURG - Five men believed to be linked to a poaching syndicate, which has left 19 rhino dead in the North West, have been granted bail in the Brits Magistrates Court.

 

The five were granted R10,000 bail, but only one could afford to pay.

 

They are part of a group of eight men arrested for a wave of poaching that has hit private game reserves in the province over the past two months.

 

The Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said, “Four suspects are still in custody because they could not afford the bail. The case was postponed to 14 December.”

 

Meanwhile, a game farm owner whose reserve has been targeted by rhino poachers says he plans to increase security following the release of a suspected poacher.

 

Eight rhino cows were killed on the Finfoot Lake Reserve in November.

 

Owner, Miles Lapperman, said they are using all their resources to protect the rhino left on the farm.

 

“This is what is allowed by South African law and this is the best that they could do. I don’t want to point any fingers. We just have to be extra vigilant with this guy back on the streets.”

 

Over 500 rhino have been poached since the beginning of 2012.

In November, a Thai rhino poaching ring-leader was sentenced to 40 years by the Kempton Park Magistrates Court, but this has not deterred poachers.

 

Chumlong Lemtongthai pleaded guilty to organising bogus trophy hunts to sell rhino horns on the international black market.

 

The sentence was welcomed by several anti-poaching groups.

There is a huge demand for rhino horns in some Asian countries because of the belief that they can cure anything.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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Poachers kill four rhinos in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

AFRICA’S RHINOS ARE FACING THE WORST POACHING
CRISIS IN DECADES WITH THE MOST SERIOUS POACHING
UPSURGES IN SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE AND KENYA
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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Poachers have killed four rhinos in the past week in a wildlife park in northern Kenya, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts in the East African nation.

 

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said the four rhinos were slaughtered by poachers, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals, in a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals.

 

"These incidents serve as a contract reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos," said Mike Watson, Lewa’s CEO in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimizing the risk posed to the remaining rhino population," Watson said....

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Google Is Funding Drones That Track Rhino Poachers

Debate all you want about whether Google has put aside its one-time mantra about not being evil–the search giant wants to save the rhinos. On Tuesday, Google gave the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) $5 million so the organization can use more drones to monitor poachers hunting endangered animals....

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Jeep South Africa Against Rhino Poaching

Jeep South Africa Against Rhino Poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Chrysler South Africa (Pty) Ltd joins forces with the Reserve Protection Agency Midrand – Chrysler South Africa (Pty) Ltd.’s Jeep brand has joined forces with the Reserve Protection Agency (RPA) by sponsoring two Jeep Wrangler vehicles to assist in...
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SA, Vietnam to sign anti-poaching pact... finally!

SA, Vietnam to sign anti-poaching pact... finally! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa and Vietnam are to sign a memorandum of understanding next week in a bid to address the scourge of poaching, which has seen almost 600 rhinos slaughtered in South Africa this year.
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Steyl: Rhino 'poacher' to hand himself over

Steyl: Rhino 'poacher' to hand himself over | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG - An alleged rhino poacher who was initially charged alongside convicted poacher Chumlong Lemthongthai, is set to hand himself over to the Hawks on Wednesday.

 

Marnus Steyl was charged together with Lemthongthai, but was released shortly before the Thai national was given an unprecedented 40-year sentence last month.

 

Lemtongthai had pleaded guilty to using fake trophy hunters in order to abuse the permit system.

 

He hunted rhino and exported their horns to South East Asia.

Eyewitness News can confirm the Hawks have a deal with Steyl's lawyer, for the alleged poacher to hand himself over at the Vryburg Magistrate's Court this morning.

 

The Hawks have apparently decided to reopen the case against Steyl and another Thai national.

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Rhino poaching fight 'takes off'

Rhino poaching fight 'takes off' | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Faced with a dizzying spike in the rate of rhino killings, South Africa has announced that it is deploying a reconnaissance aircraft to combat poaching.

 

Officials at the internationally famed Kruger National Park said the military aircraft is equipped with highly sophisticated surveillance technology — including thermal imaging — and would be deployed to detect poachers looking for rhino horn.

 

The aircraft was donated to South African National Parks (SANParks) by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, whose chairperson also runs a defence company.

 

"You have to fight fire with fire," said Ivor Ichikowitz, chairperson of the foundation and also chair of Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately held defence and aerospace company....

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