What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Survival of Africa's Rhino: Political not Economic Issue | Nikela:

Survival of Africa's Rhino: Political not Economic Issue | Nikela: | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Hot debate concerning legalizing trade of rhino horn in effort to stop poaching. Chris Mercer speaks out regarding pro-trade report by Damian Mander.

 

The debate around legalizing the rhino horn trade to save the last rhino is not only heated, it is polarizing those who fight for this endangered species. What’s really at the core of this battle? Is this really about the rhino?

 

http://www.nikela.org/rhino/survival-of-africas-rhino-political-not-economic-issue ;

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Chinese doctors avoiding Vietnam health inspectors like the plague - Thanh Nien Daily

Chinese doctors avoiding Vietnam health inspectors like the plague - Thanh Nien Daily | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Thanh Nien DailyChinese doctors avoiding Vietnam health inspectors like the plagueThanh Nien DailyFor instance, the clinic had registered to treat its patients with traditional Chinese medicine but the staff had performed other unlicensed...
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New poaching threat to SA elephants

New poaching threat to SA elephants | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Independent OnlineNew poaching threat to SA elephantsIndependent OnlineKen Maggs, the head of the environmental and crime investigation unit at the Kruger, recently stated that there was concern that rhino poachers could shift their ...Elephant Poaching...
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Endangered rhinos move to Africa on a 757

Endangered rhinos move to Africa on a 757 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Three critically endangered black rhinoceroses flew aboard a Boeing 757 this week from England to their species' native continent.

 

Eastern black rhinos are the rarest of the three remaining rhino subspecies in Africa, thought to number fewer than 800 individuals in the wild. To give the indigenous population a boost, the Aspinall Foundation moved female rhinos Grumeti and Zawadi and male Monduli from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania.

 

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/national/article/DHL-Boeing-757-delivers-endangered-rhinos-to-3650047.php#ixzz1yWq7deno  

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VIDEO: What's Happening to Africa's Rhino: Update 06-19-12

250 rhino killed by poachers in the first 171 days of 2012. That means every two days 3 rhino die. Both white and (the endangered according to CITES) black r...
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VIDEO: Rhinos under threat

This movie was produced by UNTV in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat in an effort to raise public awareness of the current crisis faced by rhinoceros ...

 

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#3 VIDEO: 'Damned if you do & damned if you don't' - Legalising the Rhino Horn Trade.

The IAPF recently embarked on a journey to Vietnam. We travelled there to gain a better understanding and perspective on the use of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (TVM).
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Exposed: SA’s dodgy rhino deals

Exposed: SA’s dodgy rhino deals | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Conservation control failures and abuses are condemning hundreds of SA’s threatened rhino to horror zoos and breeding programmes feeding into the Far East’s traditional medicines industry....
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Book - Bureaucratic bungling finished rhino species

Book - Bureaucratic bungling finished rhino species | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

OHANNESBURG – There was a narrow window of opportunity to save Africa’s northern white rhinos from extinction but bureaucratic ineptitude slammed it shut and the species has now almost certainly vanished from the wild.


The last-ditch effort to save the animal in its final Congolese refuge is detailed in a new book, ‘The Last Rhinos,’ by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who died of a heart attack in early March just weeks before it was published....

 

http://www.namibian.com.na/news/environment/full-story/archive/2012/june/article/bureaucratic-bungling-finished-rhino-species-book/ ;

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RHINO WARS: Poverty, Poaching and Legalized Trading

RHINO WARS: Poverty, Poaching and Legalized Trading | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

By Journalist Charles Julien Webster

 

The pro trade argument: "it's pointless wasting money on catching poachers because they're all locals and you'll never stop the poaching."

 

Stopping the poaching has to be a holistic process addressing poachers on the ground, middle men, and consumers.

 

Clearly there's a never ending supply of poor people who will do dirty work for a few bucks. This isn't the point, and it doesn't mean we shouldn't stop on the ground poachers any more than we should ignore on the ground drug dealers.

 

And apart from anything else, there's no proof that allowing trade will stop poaching.

 

Selling horn by legalising trade is wrong because:

 

1) It is, fundamentally, fraud
2) By participating, we perpetuate the myth
3) By perpetuating the myth we create more demand for Rhino horn, and we also create new consumers of horn stretching further into the future
4) Legalising trade will not prevent poaching
5) Financial arguments for legalizing trade are based on flawed assumptions, per Oscap's recently initiated petition

 

It is important to look at the socio-economic status of offenders, and where demand is coming from, before simply saying "it's all local guys, and the money is wasted because you'll never stop it."

 

Being local isn't the point - being poor is. And it's not all local guys. The local guys are being managed by richer locals or foreigners in SA. Of the 161 arrests, it is true that by far the majority are on-the-ground poachers - any organisation has footsoldiers. Poor people tempted into doing the dirty work for a relative pittance. So when government quotes the arrest statistics, they're less impressive than might first be the impression. Whether they're jobless locals, army members or even police, this holds true.

 

Yes - there is an endless supply of such people, but effective policing and prosecution can act as effective sanction, and deterrent - as part of a holistic strategy.

 

But here's the crux: they're meeting a demand from outside the country, so whether they're local or not isn't the point. When evaluating anti poaching spend, it's important to look at who is being targeted, and for how much, and make sure all members of the "vallue chain" are being targeted.


That's why Lorinda Hern's Rhino Rescue Project impresses me so much, for example. If every rhino in the country were treated, we'd be hitting the consumers and suppliers (by making the horn poisonous for consumption, and making it visible to X-rays because of the ink.)

 

I'm afraid your pro-trade friends' arguments are weak, and serving the vested interests of those who want to sell horns for financial gain. IMHO.

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Rhino horn bust

Rhino horn bust | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

KwaZulu-Natal man and six foreigners, who were arrested recently for dealing in rhino horn, are expected to apply for bail on Friday.

 

Vusi Mashaba, 40, of Zululand, appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, along with three Chinese nationals – Ke Sum, 29, his wife, Xiaju Chen, also 29, and Liu Zihou, 34 – as well as Malawian Harrison Noah, 26....

 

http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/rhino-horn-bust-1.1318975#.T9oCTBdYtFY ;

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Can China help save the rhinos?

Can China help save the rhinos? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Chinese pharmaceutical company wants to farm rhinos and harvest their horns.

 

  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Can rhino horn be harvested like sheep’s wool? 

Critics say the plan is cruel, yet cunning: South African rhinos flown to China, penned up at a breeding farm owned by a Chinese medicine company, and their horns harvested regularly with a purpose-built tool — providing a steady supply of a substance worth more than gold.

So far, the rhino horn harvesting scheme hasn’t turned out as planned. Rhinos have fallen ill from poor living conditions, the animals won’t breed, and there is mounting opposition to the use of rhino horn in “traditional medicine” among Chinese animal lovers, a growing force in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

But conservationists fear the secretive scheme may yet go ahead, citing mixed messages from China and a lack of clarity on the company’s operations.

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Upcoming Rhino Poaching Trials in South Africa

Via Charles Warren.

 

UPCOMING POACHING COURT CASES – for JUNE/JULY 2012

 

28TH JUNE -KEMPTON PARK MAGISTRATES COURT - CHENBIN GU – CHINESE MALE; ARRESTED AT OR TAMBO AIRPORT FOR THE SMUGGLING OF ELEPHANT TUSKS AND “BLACK” DIAMONDS.

 

2ND JULY- MAKHADO MAGISTRATES COURT (LIMPOPO) – JACQUES ELS (SOUTH AFRICAN MALE) – BOUGHT 26 RHINO FROM (FOURIE) WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED. HIS AN APPEAL AGAINST AN 8 YEAR JAIL SENTENCE WILL BE HEARD.

 

2ND JULY – GERMISTON MAGISTRATES COURT – BEDFORDVIEW 5 (VUSI MASHABA, KE SUM, XIAJA CHEN, LIU ZIHAN & HARRISON NOAH) ARRESTED IN BEDFORDVIEW FOR POSSESSION OF 2 RHINO HORN AND OTHER EQUIPMENT.

 

5TH JULY – NELSPRUIT MAGISTRATES COURT – “BIG” JOE NYALUNGA AND CONSTABLE NKUNA, (BOTH EX SOUTH AFRICAN POLICEMEN AND STILL IN JAIL WITH NO BAIL), FOUND IN POSSESSION OF MILLIONS OF RAND AND RHINO HORN AND EQUIPMENT TO POACH RHINO.

 

9TH JULY - GERMISTON MAGISTRATES COURT – 2 CONGOLESE MEN, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF RHINO HORNS, BAIL APPLICATION…

 

11TH JULY – MODIMOLLE MAGISTRATES COURT – BROTHERS CHICO & JOHANNES MALESA, INNOCENT MATJAKESA & ZIMBABWEAN ARCHFORD MOYO, ARRESTED WHILE POACHING IN LIMPOPO AND POSSESSION OF WEAPONS USED IN POACHING – TOTAL KNOWN RHINO POACHED IS SIX. TWO OF THEM WERE RELEASED ON BAIL LAST YEAR AFTER BEING ARRESTED FOR POACHING; THEY HAVE NOT APPEARED IN COURT FOR THE FIRST POACHING CHARGE AGAINST THEM.

 

20TH JULY - GERMISTON MAGISTRATES COURT – PHAM NGOC CUONG (VIETNAMESE MALE), ARRESTED IN BEDFORDVIEW FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF TEN RHINO HORN, ELEPHANT TUSKS, MILLIONS OF RAND AND US DOLLARS ALSO FOUND IN HIS POSSESSION… THIS IS A KINGPIN OF POACHING…

 

25TH JULY – NELSPRUIT MAGISTRATES COURT – THE WIFE OF THE ABOVE ACCUSED, ANH LAN NGUYEN (VIETNAMESE FEMALE) APPEARS IN COURT FOR POACHING, SHE IS LINKED TO EX SOUTH AFRICAN POLICEMEN JOE NYALUNGA AND CONSTABLE NKUNA WHOSE CASE WILL BE HEARD IN NELSPRUIT ON THE 5TH JULY 2012 THEY ARE ALSO CHARGED FOR POACHING, SHE IS ON BAIL OF R50,000.00.

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Rhino Warrior: Damien Mander

The rifle shot boomed through the darkening forest just as Damien Mander arrived at his campfire after a long day training game ranger recruits in western Zimbabwe's Nakavango game reserve. His thoughts flew to Basta, a pregnant black rhinoceros, and her two-year-old calf. That afternoon one of his rangers had discovered human footprints following the pair's tracks as Basta sought cover in deep bush to deliver the newest member of her threatened species.....

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June 2012 Rhino Poaching Stats In South Africa: Deaths, Arrests

June 2012 Rhino Poaching Stats In South Africa: Deaths, Arrests | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Latest poaching stats from South Africa. Includes deaths and number of arrests and where.

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PHOTOS: Rare white rhino born at Ramat Gan Safari

PHOTOS: Rare white rhino born at Ramat Gan Safari | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Zoos across the globe sent congratulatory messages on the birth of the new calf.

 

Terkel the white rhino is just days old but he’s already a big star of the animal world. Born on June 15, at the Ramat Gan Safari just outside of Tel Aviv, the calf is being hailed as a success in the battle to keep his species off the endangered list...

 

http://israel21c.org/news/white-rhino-born-at-ramat-gan-safari/?utm_source=Copy+of+Newsletter+6%2F13%2F2012&utm_campaign=June+20+2012+&utm_medium=email 

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Rhino Poaching Stats: 250

Rhino Poaching Stats: 250 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

This is bad, very bad. However, consider this:

How bad would it be if not for those out there in the bush and in the boardroom...

 

http://www.nikela.org/portfolio/stop-rhino-poaching ;

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VIDEO: Friends in High Places: Prince William speaks for the rhino

VIDEO: Friends in High Places: Prince William speaks for the rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Duke of Cambridge calls for action to stop the illegal trade in rhino horns, warning that the animals are being slaughtered at such a rate they could soon be extinct.
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As little as $7 can buy equipment to help Save The Last Rhinos

As little as $7 can buy equipment to help Save The Last Rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

It’s a war out there!

One rhino is killed every 18 hours in South Africa!

248 rhino lost this year to date!

 

The good news is there are people like Peter who rally others to stop the poaching. Who knows how many more rhino would die each day if it wasn’t for folk like them protecting them right there in the field.

 

Greatest needs right now...

 

-Night vision goggles

-Bullet proof vests

-DNA kits

-Binoculars

-Cell phones

-FLIR cameras

-And of course all kinds camping-gear.

 

To read more: 

http://www.nikela.org/portfolio/stop-rhino-poaching ;

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Hitches see rhino trial postponed

Hitches see rhino trial postponed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
One of the country's most high-profile poaching trials was supposed to start this month.

 

Lawyers in a rhino-horn smuggling case involving prostitutes posing as trophy hunters said on Thursday the trial that was meant to start in June may only get underway in November.


Delays in the case against Chumlong Lemtongthai and four of his co-accused range from an incompetent translator to applications for the case to be struck off the court roll and for the judge to recuse himself....

 

http://www.eyewitnessnews.co.za/en/2012/06/15/Hitches%20see%20rhino%20trial%20postponed.aspx ;

 

 

 

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Kinetic Creatures: The cardboard robots that kids can build

Kinetic Creatures: The cardboard robots that kids can build | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The cool kits bing to life a paper elephant, rhino or giraffe through tab-and-slot construction and some brilliant design.

 

http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/kinetic-creatures-the-cardboard-robots-that-kids-can-build ;

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Rhino RipOffs

Rhino RipOffs | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Despite my better reasoning I can sympathize with poachers just trying to survive. But when rangers and other paid officials participate in the crimes, my blood boils.

 

Several weeks ago Serengeti officials admitted that two of the Moru area’s 31 black rhinos had been killed by poachers… in April! We probably wouldn’t even have learned of this if the Member of Parliament for the area hadn’t announced the killings at an irate press conference the end of last month.

 

There’s only one reason park authorities kept the lid on the story: they’re a part of it....

 

http://africaanswerman.com/?p=6465 

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CITES praises GEF for approving innovative rhino project

CITES praises GEF for approving innovative rhino project | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The governing Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project that will strengthen wildlife forensic capabilities in South Africa to combat wildlife crimes....

 

The objective of the GEF-funded project is to strengthen law enforcement capacity in South Africa's protected area system through forensic-based technologies focused on the rhinoceros....

 

Wildlife forensic science applies a range of scientific disciplines to legal cases involving non-human biological evidence. These disciplines include genetics, morphology, chemistry, pathology, and veterinary sciences. Advances in science have made it possible to use DNA analysis for the examination of evidence for a variety of legal issues involving wild animals. The resultant analysis can be used as evidence in the pursuit of criminal prosecution for the case.....

 

http://www.worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=5079&catid=44 

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