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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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Unsung hero, Mpho wins award for rhino conservation efforts

Unsung hero, Mpho wins award for rhino conservation efforts | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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!
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Real Rhinos - before and after - South Africa Rhino Poaching crisis [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

Absolutely heartbreaking real footage of rhino pictures before and after poaching - please be warned - extremely graphic footage.
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CapeNature CEO suspended

Western Cape conservation body CapeNature has suspended its CEO Manana Moroka following an alleged "breach of trust".

 

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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.

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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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2012 OSCAP Rhino Poaching statistics: 214.

2012 OSCAP Rhino Poaching statistics: 214. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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Each one of these was a living, breathing animal minding it's own business... note how many are calves.

 

By Ayesha Copeland Cantor, Shelli Du Plessis and 8 others in Outraged SA Citizens against Poaching: 

 

www.facebook.com/groups/oscap/

 

 

(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 Liimpopo (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 - KNP / 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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One suspected rhino poacher dead and two arrested

One suspected rhino poacher dead and two arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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.

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

For previous media statements please go to www.sanparks.org

 

 

Issued by:
Public Relations Division, Kruger National Park

 

Media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
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