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Legalising rhino horn trade in focus | IOL.co.za

Legalising rhino horn trade in focus | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Almost two rhinos a day are being poached in South Africa for their horns, which are worth more than their weight in gold.

 

This surge in rhino killings has coincided with a rise in elephant poaching for ivory across the continent and reignited debate about whether or not the trade in the commodities these animals are being killed for should be opened up....

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Tributes for Operation Rhino hero - IOL.co.za

Tributes for Operation Rhino hero - IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Toni Harthoorn, a pioneering wildlife veterinarian who helped to develop a “miracle drug” to immobilise and ultimately rescue Africa’s white rhinos from extinction, died in Pretoria this week. He was 89....

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 26, 2012 4:09 AM
What an amazing man he must have been. I am sure that he will rest well in heaven after doing a job well done. R.I.P. Toni x
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 26, 2012 6:15 PM
Agreed morlyn.lyn. Sadly his "miracle drug" is now being used to kill the very rhino he so diligently worked to save.
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R570 000 raised to stop rhino poaching

R570 000 raised to stop rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
R570 000 was raised towards the training of tracker dogs that will assist in anti rhino poaching efforts in The Wild/Parlotones/Jacaranda FM auction.
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Defence gets more time in poaching case

The case involving 11 people charged with allegedly dehorning rhinos and selling the horns without a permit in Limpopo has been postponed as the defence team gets more time.
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Surviving Rhino Thandi Progress Report - Good News!

Surviving Rhino Thandi Progress Report - Good News! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

THANDI [Photo brotherssafaris.blogspot.com]


UPDATE TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2012 16H00

 

This is the report sent to us from Dr Fowlds describing the events of yesterday 23 April 2012

 

"Yesterday, day 53, Thandi was magnificent. In spite of so many positive signs since her previous procedure on day 33, its impossible to tell whats really going on underneath the bed of scabs and granulating tissue until we actually get a hands-on assessment done.

 

We gathered at the Kariega gate knowing that she was less than two kilometres from us. As always, we talked through everyone tasks, the first one being to see if we could immobilise her out in the open to make all our jobs so much easier. Grant from Aptrac once again did a magnificent job of steering her with the chopper while the drugs kicked on, and to my relief she went down on open ground yet again.

 

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp once again flew down from the Vet Faculty in Pretoria, courtesy of Supervet, to head up the surgical aspects of the procedure and we were assisted by groups of reserve staff, rangers, volunteers and film crew. Once her anaesthetic was stable, Dr Steenkamp assessed her wounds and to our absolute relief found her progress to be advancing very well. The best news is that there were no signs of infection or maggots and her face, as painful and tortured as it still looks, is progressing better than we expected it to.

 

A fantastic amount of new tissue has completely occupied the large holes hacked into the top of her skull where her frontal sinuses had been exposed. For the first time she no longer has holes through her head where they were not supposed to be. This is a significant milestone as we were not sure in the early days if we were going to be able to find a way to close up these gaping holes. In terms of restoring her dignity, this sort of progress gives us such a sense of relief of what is now possible.

 

Where there had been large slabs of exposed bone, she now only has three small areas left as well as an exposed ridge of bone. Dr Steenkamp operated on these areas and removed a substantial amount of dead bony tissue but noticeably less than he had done so previously. The new tissue bed that is being formed is still a long way from being the protective layer she requires, but it’s a fine beginning for just under two months of recovery.

 

The attending ground team kept shifting her body position to keep her muscular circulation going while the rest of the team, worked for just over forty minutes on her. Twenty injections and the standard set of blood samples which Idexx will process for us again, and we all retreated to stand in silence behind the arrangement of vehicles parked nearby. For those that were seeing her for the first time, the outward appearance of her face is still a shocking sight to behold, probably in part because its such a graphic reminder of how disgusting the act of poaching is. But for those privileged to have witnessed her battle to stay alive and her determined journey towards recovery, we see so much more now than the shape of a tortured rhino . Underneath that proud outline, in spite of her violated face, we see a soul and a heart the size of a mountain.

 

What comes next is always the best part of my job, but Thandi’s circumstances make her recovery from the anaesthetic drugs so much more moving and special. Within a few minutes after the anti-dote, she rose calmly to her feet. This is that breathtaking moment which confirms that she has come through, she is ok and she is out of danger.

 

After weeks of concern for her internal circumstances, the apprehension of yet another procedure and its associated risks, there comes the confirmation that all is well. As we stood there in respectful silence, our profiles blending into those of the surrounding vehicles, the wind blowing gently through the trees, we watched her rise, and with her rose our spirits. I felt like we should be giving her a standing ovation. I wanted to run out from behind our cover and applaud her for the magnificent fighter that she is. I felt like shouting, “well done Thandi, you magnificent thing, you go you beautiful girl”.

- Will Fowld

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 25, 2012 3:00 AM
Dr Fowlds, the Kariega Team and the Vets involved are heroes. Thandi is the greatest hero of all. So happy to hear that everything is going well x
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 25, 2012 10:52 AM
Totally agree morlyn.lyn!
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Stats: Rhino illegally Poached vs. Rhino legally Hunted!

Stats: Rhino illegally Poached vs. Rhino legally Hunted! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Thansk Trevor... and for the rescoop.
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What If Rhinos Were No More?

What If Rhinos Were No More? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

by Caroline Frasier, author of "Rewilding the World"

 

I got a really interesting question from a Facebook friend and fellow rhino-lover in Amsterdam. She writes:

 

“What would be the impact on the world ecologically if a complete species like the rhino were to go extinct?”

 

My mind immediately leapt to the fascinating phenomenon of rhino latrines. Rhinos don’t poop just any old place: They establish latrines and visit them regularly, marking territory but also dispersing seeds and boosting their germination.

 

For a great discussion of this, see Eric Dinerstein’s The Return of the Unicorns. He calls rhinos “landscape architects.” In Nepal, he looked at the role played by the endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros and found that rhinos both eat and beget fruit at an astonishing rate: “Few contemporary frugivores can match rhinos in the quantity of seed-rich manure.”

 

He calculated it would take around 2,000 defecating Jamaican fruit bats, well-studied strewers of seeds, to equal ten percent of what a single rhino ingests and passes through its prodigious tummy per day. Old rhino latrines create thickets of trees in Asian grasslands that are still lucky enough to hold this endangered beast.

 

Likewise, Africa’s black and white rhinos have been called “megaherbivores” or “megagardeners.” Along with elephants, they alter the composition of grasslands and savannah forests through their activities. So their extinction would impoverish every landscape they inhabit.

 

Photo: Rhino at Lewa, Caroline Fraser

 

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Goal to Raise R5 million: Mt. Everest climb to fight rhino poaching

Unite Against Poaching praised a Gauteng father and son on Sunday for using their upcoming Mount Everest hike to highlight the war on rhino poaching.

 

The 12-year-old Dante Burdych and his dad, Rene, will head for the Mount Everest base camp next week under the banner of United Against Poaching.

The fund aims to raise over R5 million in its first year to help save rhinos....

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VIDEO: Themba: Poachers attack rhinos featured in Rock Center report

VIDEO: Themba: Poachers attack rhinos featured in Rock Center report | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Brian Williams in the Rock Center pick up the story of Themba and Thandi....

 

Just days after we aired “Last Stand,” a Rock Center story on the epidemic of illegal rhino poaching in South Africa, we received horrible news. Poachers had attacked three of the rhinos featured in our report.....

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Rhino poached at refuge where Prince William proposed - Telegraph

Rhino poached at refuge where Prince William proposed  - Telegraph | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Lewa, the wildlife conservancy where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, became the latest victim of the poaching wave that is blighting Kenya when one of its rare black rhinos was killed last week.
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Number to Call to Help Catch Rhino Poachers

>>>> CALL 0800 205 005 <<<<

To report suspicious activity!

 

Pretoria — Officials have once again appealed to the public to help fight the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa.

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs made the call amid the rising number of illegally killed rhinos. Currently, the record of rhinos poached this year stands at a staggering 181.

 

The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of the losses with 111 rhinos having being killed there illegally since the beginning of this year.

 

However, the department said it was still encouraging to note that 113 suspected poachers have been arrested since the beginning of the year.

The Matsulu community in Mpumalanga this week actively helped South African National Parks apprehend a suspected rhino poacher.

 

"The (department) believes that the public's active involvement in fighting rhino poaching can lead to more arrests and contribute in addressing this scourge of rhino poaching. This united approach can result in South Africa winning the war against rhino poaching," said the department.

 

The public is urged to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killing to 0800 205 005.
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Wildlife agency needs more money for anti-poaching war - Times LIVE

Wildlife agency needs more money for anti-poaching war - Times LIVE | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Ezemvelo Wildlife - the KwaZulu-Natal's custodian of conservation and biodiversity - needs at least R9-million this year to boost its fight against rhino poaching.
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Thief makes off with 600-pound cement rhino

Garden City Cop Calls...

 

Someone stole a large cement rhino statue from the front yard of a home in the 29800 block of Windsor sometime before 9 a.m. April 14.

 

The owner discovered it missing when he got up in the morning. He told police that he didn't know who would or could have wanted to take the statue because it weighed 600 pounds and would take several people to lift it. He also said it had about a $600 value.

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Immediate help needed: Rhino chopper grounded

The much touted and highly successful method of using helicopters to fight rhino poaching will come to an end on Monday unless new sponsors are found to support the programme.
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Tyler Texas girl raising money for African wildlife conservation trip

Tyler Texas girl raising money for African wildlife conservation trip | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
20-year-old TJC student Cameron McDow is raising money every way she can to fund a trip to a wild game reserve in South Africa. There, she'll work with and help animals like white rhinos and lions.
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Experts say Hawks bill won't pass

The draft bill on the Hawks fails to give the unit the independence the Constitutional Court demanded in a landmark judgment last year, law expert Pierre de Vos has told MPs.
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Rhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being born - Toronto Star

Rhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being born - Toronto Star | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Toronto StarRhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being bornToronto StarErin Conway-Smith Global Post South Africa's rhinos are being poached at record rates, their horns trafficked to Asia to be ground up and used in an attempt to treat...

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 24, 2012 12:27 PM
thanks for this great curation... between yours and mine we should get some of this important information broadcast rather well.
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 26, 2012 6:16 PM
Appreciate you picking up this story. Definitely an eye opener.
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Vietnamese man held with rhino horns

Johannesburg, April 24 —

25-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested when he was trying to leave the country with three rhino horns, authorities said Monday.

 

The customs officers at the OR Tambo International Airport found the horns Sunday when they were searching his bags, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) said.

 

The horns weighed about 13.9 kg in total and had an estimated street value of 7.5 million rands (about $900,000), Xinhua reported.

 

The man had travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested, SARS spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

 

There has been a growing demand for rhino horn in Vietnam where it is a luxury item, used as a post-partying cleanser and a purported cancer cure. But there is no scientific proof for this.

 

About 180 rhinos were poached this year in South Africa, according to wildlife officials. The government has appealed to the public to assist in fighting rhino poaching.

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Man caught with rhino horns worth R7m

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A Vietnamese man has been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport for possession of three rhino horns, the SA Revenue Service says.

 

The 25-year-old was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday when the horns were found in his luggage, spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

 

The three horns weighed about 13.9kg in total and had an estimated street value of R7.05m.

 

The man was leaving South Africa when his bags were searched by the Hawks, Airports Company SA officials and Sars.

 

"The man has travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested," said Lackay.

 

He was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

- SAPA

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Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Today 22 April 2012 Earth day is celebrated around the world. Millions of people around the world were reminded today that the battle to safe the earth have just started. One of the major concerns and topics today on the “Earth Day” agenda includes over population....

 

Earth Day is not just about living “Green” it is also about conserving our animal kingdom. If you live in the United Kingdom or in the United States of America you maybe unaware of the Rhino Poaching that is happening in South Africa. Today we here at 3D Car Shows would like to make people aware of the Rhino Poaching that is happening in South Africa....

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Tears flow for brave game ranger - IOL.co.za

A game ranger’s wife wept inconsolably when a bravery award was presented posthumously to her late husband, just one of hundreds of rangers putting their lives on the line to defend South Africa’s rhinos from heavily-armed poachers....

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Rhino DNA project sees arrests

Rhino DNA project sees arrests | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The RhODIS database can be used to link horns to rhinos that have been poached, says Dr Cindy Harper. A project to build a central DNA profile database for rhinos across Africa has seen 380 arrests..
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Richard Branson Calls For End Of Rhino Hunting - Starpulse.com

Richard Branson Calls For End Of Rhino Hunting - Starpulse.com | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Richard Branson has called for public action in a bid to stop the poaching of rhinos in South Africa. The business tycoon took to Twitter.com on Wednesday hoping to raise awareness of the crisis ...
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Rhino Poaching Threatens South Africa’s CEO-Owned Game Farms

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Barry Lok grimaced as he gazed at the rotting carcass of his rhino bull, Kruger, lying under a tree on his farm northwest of Johannesburg.
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RHINO POACHING STATS! 181 DEAD

RHINO POACHING STATS! 181 DEAD | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 20, 2012 3:23 AM
I don't know which is worse, receiving the numbers once a week or receiving the numbers every day. This is an horrific slaughter and the powers that be seem to be doing NOTHING!!!
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 20, 2012 11:09 AM
Agreed morlyn.lyn. The good news is this week we tied into a group that is really quite successful at deterring poachers.... so although the numbers are awful, apparently they could be a lot worse.

Our hope is to be of financial assistance to those who are actively making a difference... and in the near future be able to tell their stories.