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Business owner raising funds to stop rhino poaching

Business owner raising funds to stop rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Minh Nguyen, 38, is charging ahead with a goal of helping save the rhino from extinction by collecting contributions and donating 100 percent of his own income this month to various campaigns supporting the cause.

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/milpitas/ci_20638432/online-exclusive-business-owner-raising-funds-stop-rhino ;

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2012 RHINO POACHING STATS - 217

2012 RHINO POACHING STATS - 217 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

By Allison Thomson, Gordon Froneman and 5 others in

WAR - Warriors for African Rhino 


Provided by OSCAP
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(217) 15 May 2012 : 1 Pregnant cow - Delarayville, NW Province
(216) 08 May 2012 : 2 Rhino HH Game Reserve (Mr Chennels) - KZN
(214) 10 May 2012 : 1 Cow and calf dehorned Crocodile Bridge area KNP
(212) 08 May 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP area unknow
(211) 09 May 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravelotte area
(210) 07 May 2012 : DEA UPDATE (8 KNP, Limpopo 2, North West 2)
(206) 05 May 2012 : 1 White Rhino dehorned & 1 other killed - Rankins Pass area Limpopo
(204) 04 May 2012 : NWCRU update 204
(199) 30 April 2012 : DEA Stats update
(188) 28 April 2012 : 1 White Rhino Carcass - Skukuza area, KNP
(187) 27 April 2012 : 1 Black Rhino (2yrs old) - Pilansberg Game Reserve North West
(186) 25 April 2012 : 1 Rhino Sabi Sands - KNP
(185) 25 April 2012 : 1 Rhino Lower Sabi 1 Skukuza
(183) 22 April 2012 : 2 White Rhino cows shot and dehorned Gravelot area.
(181) 19 April 2012 : DEA UPDATE KNP 111 (8), LIMPOPO 25(2)
(174) 16 April 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, KZN
(173) 15 April 2012 : 2 Rhino carcasses found between Malelane and Biyamit KNP few days old
(171) 13 April 2012 : DEA UPDATE
(168) 12 April 2012 : 1 Rhino shot (2 days ago) found yesterday Koster, NW Province
(167) 11 April 2012 : UPDATE NWCRU
(165) 10 April 2012 : 1 Rhino Pretoriuskop are KNP
(164) 10 April 2012 : 1 Rhino - Gravelot area
(163) 10 April 2012 : 1 Rhino - Gravelot area (dehorned rhino poached)
(162) 08 April 2012 : 1 Rhino - Pilansberg area (2 day old carcass
(161) 08 April 2012 : 1 Rhino Cow - calf survived Rankiins Pass area, Modimole, Limpopo
(160) 04 April 2012 : 1 Rhino Malelane area
(159) 04 April 2012 : UPDATE
(150) 29 March 2012 : DEA STATS UPDATE
(138) 25 March 2012 : 1 Rhino shot dead near Phalaborwa in KNP
(137) 25 March 2012 : 1 Rhino - Themba died 23 days after being poached at Kariega
(136) 20 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravelote area, Limpopo
(135)19 March 2012 : DEA STATS UPDATE
(121)15 March 2012 : 1 Rhino, Nietverdien, NW - shot and dehorned.
(120)13 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Waneen, Kzn
(119)12 March 2012 : 3 Rhino - near Hluhluwe in KZN (+1 calf injured)
(116)11 March 2012 : 7 rhino Southern Region of KNP
(109)10 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Crocodile River area, KNP
(108)08 March 2012 : 8 rhino's: 3 Malelane, 3 Biyamiti and 2 at Tshokwane
(100)06 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Pilansberg NP- shot approx 5 days ago & not dehorned
(99) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Ohrigstad (pregnant cow)
(98) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino (Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP)
(97) 06 March 2012 : 2 Rhino Crocodile River Bridge area
(95) 05 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino - 3 day old carcass Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilansberg
(94) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino(pregnant cow) Origstad - shot horns not removed
(93) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino carcass found in Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP
(92) 02 March 2012 : 3 rhino's KNP N'Wanetsi area
(89) 02 March 2012 : 2 white rhino carcasses found 1 week old Vryburg North West
(87) 01 March 2012 : 2 rhino's Malalane at John Hume's game reserve
(85) 01 March 2012 : 1 Rhino - Waneen, Kzn
(84) 29 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Kariega, (2 dehorned but still alive)
(83) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found Mopani area near Letaba KNP
(81) 28 FEbruary 2012 : 3 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(78) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(76) 25 February 2012 : 1 Rhino carcas found near Crocodile Bridge area, KNP
(75) 23 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino, Assen, NW
(74) 22 February 2012 : 5 Rhino carcasses - KNP (some of the carcasses are at least 1 month)
(69) 20 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, KZN
(68) 19 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Mpofini lodge Vryheid
(66) 17 February 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP - awaiting confirmation of location
(65) 17 Feburary 2012 : 1 White Rhino Borakolalo Game Reserve (had to be put down)
(64) 15 February 2012 : 1 White rhino (1 month old carcass), Pilanesberg,NP
(63) 15 February 2012 : 2 carcass found Manyeleti, KNP
(61) 14 February 2012 : 8 carcasses found KNP
(53) 13 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Chicks Game Lodge Hluhluwe
(51) 12 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe White Rhino Bull both horns taken
(50) 10 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe white bull
(49) 09 February 2012 : 3 Letsitele, Limpopo - Pregnant mother and calf(unborn baby added below
(47) 08 Februrary 2012 : 1 Ndumo
(46) 08 February 2012 : 2 iMfolozi
(44) 07 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino Bull - Hoedspruit - private reserve
(43) 06 February 2012 : 1 Rhino bull Thabazimbi-Rooiberg area
(42) 06 February 2012 : 1 Carcass found KNP (poached Sat probably) - North of Letaba
(41) 06 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe - Black Rhino
(40) 26 January 2012 : 2 Limpopo Province - Waterberg area
(38) 26 January 2012 : 2 North West Province (to be confirmed)
(36) 19 January 2012 : 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown
(35) 16 January 2912 : 3 White Rhino Rooiberg area
(32) 16 January 2012 : 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous - Farm Bergsig
(31) 15 January 2012 : 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass
(29) 13 January 2012 : 4 KNP - Pretoriuskop area
(25) 11 January 2012 : 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg
(20) 11 January 2012 : 3 Rhino - KNP
(17) 09 January 2012 : 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi
(14) 09/10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge + 1 other area to be confirmed)
(5) 04 January 2012 : 4 KNP Satara area
(1) 04 January 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo

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South Africa ramps up rhino response

South Africa ramps up rhino response | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The arrest this week of a rhino horn smuggler shows SA's battle to protect the animal is paying off, as syndicates' methods come into clearer focus.

 

Better coordination between government departments and the formation of a multidisciplinary task team to deal with South Africa’s rhino poaching crisis are beginning to bear fruit, with the arrest, following an anonymous tip-off, of a man suspected of smuggling rhino horns.

 

“This was definitely a major breakthrough from our side and a blow to the trafficking ring and rhino poaching,” said police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao....

 

The closest South African officials had come to taking down a syndicate was in the case of Chumlong Lemtongthai, who is to stand trial in the Free State for his part in the illegal hunting of rhinos and trade in rhino horn – and lion bones.

 

Rademeyer said that more money, more manpower and a more proactive approach from government officials in terms of their dealings with countries where rhino horn was being smuggled to was needed to make an impact.

 

Rynette Coetzee, who heads the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s compliance and enforcement project on environmental legislation, said Tuesday’s incident showed that the national response to rhino poaching is starting to bear fruit.

 

“This is good news because it proves that the intelligence network is starting to work,” she said.....

 

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http://mg.co.za/article/2012-05-17-sas-rhino-response-begins-to-bear-fruit ;

 

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The Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Survey of Greed, Tragedy, and Ignorance

Since the beginning of 2012, over 250 elephants have been killed in Cameroon. Adults are being slaughtered for ivory to be used for jewelry, ornaments, and traditional medicine; young juveniles and infants are being killed indiscriminately or left orphaned to die without the protection of their mothers....

 

INTERPOL estimates illegal wildlife trade to be worth between $10-20 billion annually. Conservation efforts are thwarted, local communities are robbed of economic resources, and biodiversity is reduced when species are taken from the wild. The loss in ecosystem resilience affects fresh water supply and food production. Rule of law and national security issues are also a concern. Organized crime is attracted to wildlife trafficking for its profitability, small risk of prosecution, as well as light fines and jail sentences. Criminals who deliberately cross international borders, violate national laws with relative impunity, and attempt to corrupt government officials are a serious threat to the stability, economy, and natural resources of a country....

 

The United States has been at the forefront of international efforts to dismantle and bring a halt to the illegal wildlife trade. In 2005, the Department of State launched the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking. And, in July 2011, the White House released the President's National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and Converging Threats to National Security; this highlighted environmental crimes as being among the top five most lucrative criminal activities. The Department of State has helped to form regional wildlife enforcement networks in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central America. And, in April, the U.S. embassies in Gabon and the Central African Republic -- in partnership with the Government of Gabon -- brought together law enforcement, government officials, and conservations to share best practices to curb illicit wildlife trafficking.... 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-hormats/elephants-africa_b_1514758.html  ;

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Understanding the Rhino Wars

Understanding the Rhino Wars | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
When rhinos rebounded from near-extinction last century, it was a historic victory for conservationists. But now the rhino wars have suddenly returned -- along with a few 21st-century twists.

 

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A great infographic... sadly the role of organized crime is not addressed!

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Successful million rand Rhino horn raid

Successful million rand Rhino horn raid | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Millions of rands in rhino horn were seized along with hundreds of thousands of US dollars in a raid on a Johannesburg flat.

 

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/05/16/successful-million-rand-rhino-horn-raid ;

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How to help without taking the jump

How to help without taking the jump | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Would you like to support ‘Skydive for Rhinos’ without the skydive? Here is how.  

 

http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/roodepoort/roodepoort-news-general?oid=5563645&sn=Detail&pid=489964&How-to-help-without-taking-the-jump 

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PETITION: Stop Trade in Rhino Horn

PETITION: Stop Trade in Rhino Horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
If we don’t take action now, rhinos could be extinct within the next decade. Every 14.6 hours a rhino is killed so that its horns can be used as bogus medicine.

 

Over 10,000 have stood up and taken action. A little over 300 signatures needed, care to add yours?

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Rhino lover 'let reserve go to pot'

Rhino lover 'let reserve go to pot' | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
JOHN Hume was so worried about losing his rhino to poachers that he cut off their horns and shaved the stumps to stop them from growing back.

 

But the tycoon, who boasts one of the world's biggest herds of privately owned rhino, now stands accused of abandoning a unique game reserve in Cape Town - where, neighbours alleged, the animals were starving.

 

Hume has a combined herd of over 700 rhino, most of them on his 6500ha farm in Mpumalanga.

 

But the tycoon, who has called for the legalisation of the trade in rhino horn, has come under scrutiny after closing down his Solole game reserve. He also sold 10 buffalo from the reserve - which he bought in 2007 from wildlife expert Lindsay Hunt - to alleged poaching kingpin Dawie Groenewald....

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VN MADE » Rhino poaching’s complex operation

Pretoria – Petty hunters, hurtful wildlife officials and Asian traffickers have all been snared in South Africa’s crackdown on rhino poaching as special prosecutors conflict syndicates feeding a trade in horns.

More than 160 people are now before a courts, exposing a formidable supply sequence stretching from South African parks to Southeast Asian consumers, pronounced Joanie Spies, a prosecutor with a Rhino Project....
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At Least 30 Rhinos Sent from Limpopo Province to China During Five-Year Period

At Least 30 Rhinos Sent from Limpopo Province to China During Five-Year Period | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Additional details have emerged regarding 30 of the 100-plus live rhinos exported to China from South Africa.

 

According to South Africa’s Parliamentary Monitoring Group website, 30 live rhinos were exported from Limpopo Province to China between 2007 and 2011:

 

2007: 10 rhinos to Wei Feng Tian by De Cai International


2009: 2 rhinos to Thai Skin & Hide by Thaba Manzi Nature Reserve*


2011: 2 rhinos to Zheng Zhou Zoo by De Cai International


2011: 16 rhinos to Kunming Game Reserve by De Cai International


(“De Cai International” — 28 rhinos to China? And is something called “Thai Skin & Hide” really an appropriate destination for live rhinos?)

 

It is also interesting to note that in 2010, Chinese media reported the arrival of least 18 rhinos from South Africa. (18 is coincidentally the number of rhinos exported in 2011, according to the PMG.)

 

Source: http://www.rhinoconservation.org (http://s.tt/1btaT)......

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Kenyan ranches relocating rhinos in fear of poachers

Kenyan ranches relocating rhinos in fear of poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Claus Mortensen is a private Kenyan rancher with a passion -- endangered rhinos -- and now a mission: to save his herd from slaughter by ruthless poachers who sell their horns to Asia, where they are prized as a miracle drug.
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Rhino Poaching: What the Law is Doing to Stop it | Nikela:

Rhino Poaching: What the Law is Doing to Stop it | Nikela: | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Arrests, courts, convictions. Over 200 rhino dead South Africa 2012. Animal poaching epidemic due to illegal trade, syndicates, organized crime, trafficking.
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Letter to President Zuma: The Good, the Bad and Downright Ugly

Dear President Zuma

 

Today I will start off by commending the Hawks (THE GOOD). Their seizure operation last week on Dawie Groenewald and some of his cohorts is to be commended, indeed even celebrated. We have been feeling pretty despondent about this case and that fact that it kept getting postponed. Knowing that he was free to continue his disgusting work has been a really bitter pill to swallow. However, we are now encouraged that justice for the rhino will at last prevail. Please thank the Hawks for their excellent and thorough work.

 

Last week we lost another seven rhino (THE BAD). Despite the fact that poachers have been arrested and/or killed, we are still not winning the war. Kruger continues to be hit daily and one has to seriously question the capabilities of some of the SanParks staff. In fact, one has to question the ethics as well. Security checks on day visitors is, in some instances, totally lacking. Army presence is scarce. An awareness drive also non-existent. It is very easy to lay the blame at the feet of Zimbabweans and Mozambicans – always the scapegoats in any issue in this country. However, one would do well to be looking closer to home. Yet more letters in the paper this past weekend commenting on how run down the camps in Kruger are. A truly sad indictment on the management in SanParks – was anyone to think about conducting a performance review on them, they would fail dismally, yet they continue to be gainfully employed.

 

The time is long past declaring a moratorium on all rhino hunting permits, carrying out an independent census on the number of rhino we actually have left in the wild and declaring Kruger a disaster area.

 

Minister Molewa has recently been talking about considering legalising the trade in rhino horn. Whenever and wherever this subject is mentioned you hear two spokesmen – John Hume and Pelham Jones. These “gentlemen” will have you believe that this is the only way to save the rhino. The attached article from The Times this weekend speaks volumes about John Hume’s “love” for the animals and his commitment to conservation (THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY). I sincerely hope that you are able to recognise the gross disregard for the animals, for conservation and in fact for anything other than filling their pockets – something that is unfortunately a social ill in this country today. Please do not be swayed by their all too frequent utterances. Far better to get input from people who have no money to make from the outcome, one way or the other.

 

Whilst the rhino are of grave concern due to the ongoing daily butchery, I would also draw your attention to the plight of the lions who are slipping under the radar.

 

Lion numbers in the wild are diminishing rapidly, due to disease and hunting. Hunters want male lions. Every time one of them is killed, there is a pride take over by another male lion who, in the way of nature, will kill off any cubs that are not his. This cycle continues each time a male lion is hunted, thus greatly reducing numbers even further – not to mention hammering the gene pool.

 

Now the Chinese are using our lions for bone as they have successfully brought the tiger to the brink of extinction. Once they have done the same to our rhino and lions, where will they turn? I would ask you to check the export stats and take note of how many live lions, skeletons, skulls and teeth were exported to Asian countries over the last couple of years.

 

This too has to stop before it is too late. One cannot take the number of captive lions into account and say our lions are safe. These lions can never be released into the wild as they have been habituated to humans by being hand reared. In turn they feed the canned hunting industry which is the biggest disgrace this country has even been party to. A disgrace that was almost stopped until the people responsible cried foul about the damage to their bank accounts.

 

Why is it, I have to ask, that whenever money is flashed around decency, respect and compassion fly out the window?

 

Daily we are beset in the news with stories of corruption, collusion and fraud. Add to that what is happening with the rhino, SanParks and the lions and we look like a country that has totally lost the plot.

 

Yours sincerely
Linda Park

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Now You too Can Become a "Field Reporter" for the Rhino

Now You too Can Become a "Field Reporter" for the Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
2012 is an important year for the Rhino. Currently, a pound of powdered rhino horn on the black market is now worth more than gold, platinum and even cocaine; the deadly irony is that it holds no medical benefit and no inherent value when separated from its animal owner.

 

#OpRhino was created from of the despair and outrage global citizens have felt recently watching helplessly as rhino after rhino was slaughtered for their horns. This must end. 2012 is the year of the Global Animal Activist – local insights paired with global reach we’re taking awareness to a whole new level to protect the rhino. Worldwide grass-roots conservation groups, concerned citizens, journalists, hackers, artists; scientists, children, seniors and enforcement officials from around the world are mobilizing with coordinated efforts to combine resources, increase collaboration and take aim on those slaughtering the world’s last rhinos for their own greed and profit.

 

Join us. Together, this is our year to make a difference. #OpRhino 2012

 

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A Tale of Two (Suspected) Rhino Horn Syndicates

A Tale of Two (Suspected) Rhino Horn Syndicates | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Two (suspected) rhino horn syndicates, both alike in indignity, in fair South Africa, where we lay our scene.
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Rhino Horns and Trophies Exported to Asia from South Africa 2000 - 2010 [Infographic] |

Rhino Horns and Trophies Exported to Asia from South Africa 2000 - 2010 [Infographic] | | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Infographic showing rhino horns and trophies exported to Asia (including Russia) from South Africa, 2000 -- 2010.

 

 About the Rhino Horns and Trophies Exported to Asia (including Russia) from South Africa 2000 — 2010 infographic:

 

Data source: CITES Trade Database.Data includes single horns and trophies (both horns), and does not include the following documented specimens: Bone pieces, bones, feet, genitalia, leather products, live animals, skin pieces, skins, skulls, tails.Data is limited to CITES database parameters.Designed by Rhishja Cota-LarsonData source: CITES Trade DatabaseData compiled by Sarah Pappin© Saving Rhinos LLC

Source: http://www.rhinoconservation.org (http://s.tt/1bTY0)

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South African demand for legal trade in rhino horns leaves India jittery - The Times of India

The surge of poaching of rhinoceros in South Africa could lead to threats to the one-horned Indian rhino in faraway Assam and West Bengal if the African country decides to go ahead and demand opening the international trade in rhino horns.
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A Shoemaker turned Traveler adds his plea to save the rhino

A Shoemaker turned Traveler adds his plea to save the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A shoemaker turned traveler shares his insights into the Rhino wars via story and graphic photos.

 

http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/warning-graphic-images-from-rhino-wars.html ;

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South African Police Seize 10 Rhino Horn

Police officers tipped off by an anonymous informer forced their way into a Johannesburg apartment where they found 10 rhinoceros horns and an elephant tusk and arrested a Vietnamese man...

 

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-african-police-seize-10-rhino-horns-16355086#.T7OujOhYtFY ;

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Emergency Doctor and Science Teacher join the Cause to save Rhino

Emergency Doctor and Science Teacher join the Cause to save Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Two Cornwall area women, an emergency doctor and a science teacher, are on a special mission to save endangered rhinos from the clutches of poachers in Africa...

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Rhino poaching may lead to lion poaching

Rhino poaching may lead to lion poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa has led the field of “conservation”, or so they say, by placing wildlife species in private hands. With the tremendous growth in game farms (largely as a result of environmental destruction by previous cattle ranching on those lands), there was a significant demand for wild species. These animals were supplied by auctions among the private owners as well as the State selling “surplus” wild animals to private individuals......
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Disturbing Connection Between Antique Rhino Horn 'Activity' and Rhino Killings in South Africa | Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine | rhinos

Disturbing Connection Between Antique Rhino Horn 'Activity' and Rhino Killings in South Africa | Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine | rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Although antique rhino horn has been starring in recent headlines, the tragedy behind the spotlight remains woefully underreported.
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'No muti to rhino poachers' from traditional healers

'No muti to rhino poachers' from traditional healers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

About 500 traditional healers have vowed not to make magic potions to help rhino poachers escape the law....

 

....mobilising traditional healers to meet with the Kruger National Park so that we can tell everyone that no traditional healers must give muti to poachers to either evade arrest or not be caught by dangerous animals while poaching,....

 

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Base Camp: climbing Everest for Rhino

Base Camp: climbing Everest for Rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
What an achievement Dante Damas Burdych has reached Everest Base Camp carrying the flag for Unite against Poaching.

This motivated young man has dedicated this amazing feat in honour of higlighting the plight of the rhino in our country. What an achievement 5364 metres above sea level and the Unite against Poaching flag is proudly displayed at the base of the highest mountain in the world. Well done Dante, the rhinos of this country must be pleased to have you as an ambassador for their cause....
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