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.
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......
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,....
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....
A Motswana conservationist, Mpho Molongwa aka Poster, has beaten competitors from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Seychelles to win this year's Wilderness safaris's 4c's hero award!
Western Cape conservation body CapeNature has suspended its CEO Manana Moroka following an alleged "breach of trust".
No idea if there is a connection to rhino poaching! However any conflicts of interest or alledged mis-conduct is suspious right now with the huge amount of money being made with the illegal trade in rhino horns.
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....
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....
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....
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.)
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.
In a joint operation between South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators and rangers, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) this morning three suspected rhino poachers were thwarted while trying to escape in the Crocodile Bridge Ranger Section of the Kruger National Park (KNP).
The team initially spotted two rhino carcasses already dehorned (cow and calf); and upon follow-up investigations came into contact with the three armed suspected rhino poachers. A shoot-out ensued, which led to one suspect being fatally wounded and the other two arrested. The team also recovered four fresh rhino horns, a hunting rifle and an axe from the poachers.
“It is unfortunate that we could not save the rhino cow and calf in time but we are convinced that with the increased measures we have in place; the poachers are feeling the pressure and our concerted efforts are not in vain as the number of poaching arrests continues to rise”, said SANParks’ Acting Head of Communications, Paul Daphne.
Since January this year, 130 rhino have been killed in the KNP and a total of 31 suspected poachers have been arrested in the KNP.
Daphne made a further request to members of the public to continue assisting authorities by reporting any suspicious behaviour. “We will continue to intensify the anti-poaching efforts and this latest developments represents a success in our combined efforts with the various law enforcement agencies.
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