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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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Hi-tech bid with US firm to halt rhino slaughter

Hi-tech bid with US firm to halt rhino slaughter | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The poaching of rhinos in game reserves across the province could soon be a thing of the past if a mooted hi-tech anti-poaching partnership between the provincial government and an American business delegation is anything to go by...
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Help Save the Rhino: Write a Letter to CITES Rep

TEMPLATE FOR LETTER TO CITES REPRESENTATIVES.

 

Via Margot Stewart in STIR: Stop Trade In Rhino (Facebook group)

 

The CITES Management Authority

Ms Olga Kumalo

Department of Environmental Affairs

Private Bag X 447

PRETORIA 0001

 

My name is _______ ,

 

I am a citizen of _________ . I am deeply disappointed that while Rhino are being slaughtered, that government, ranchers and funders met at the SA Mint, and decided to promote trade at the 2016 COP.

 

I find it frightening that the SA Government is now meeting with the Governments of Vietnam and China to try and get them to change their laws and allow sales of horn.

 

I insist that South Africa, as guardians of 80% of the world's rhino, stop stockpiling bogus medicine, and not to let the greed of the few cause pain to the many (of which I am one).

 

Yours sincerely (YOUR NAME)

 

Here is an email address if you'd prefer to send your letter that way:

okumalo@environment.gov.za 

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, May 10, 2012 3:32 AM
This is most upsetting - it cannot be allowed to happen!
Wildlife Margrit's comment, May 10, 2012 12:08 PM
Exactly morlyn.lyn
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Video: Dawie Groenewald's farm

Video: Dawie Groenewald's farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Hawks have raided alleged rhino poaching kingpin, Dawie Groenewald's properties in Polokwane and Musina...
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SA seizes $7m from 'rhino gang'

SA seizes $7m from 'rhino gang' | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa confiscates assets worth nearly $7m (£4m) from three suspected rhino poachers - two of whom are vets, police say.
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Rhino rescue ‘charity’ may poach purse - IOL

The battle against rhino poaching is at a fever pitch in SA, the country hardest hit by the scourge, spawning scores of fundraising campaigns running from glamorous to gory....

Meanwhile, some online campaigns seek donations with visceral images of a hacked rhino lying dead with blood and froth oozing from its eyes and mouth....

He said 272 fundraising organisations were now linked to rhino conservation, but he rated only 15 percent of them as credible....

Rhino Force – the company founded last year to distribute merchandise like bracelets, scarves, beaded baby rhinos and music CDs – said proceeds of the sales were donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, an established charity....

“Each donation matters. I am not doing this for myself,” she added. So far, her group has sold 150 000 bracelets, raising about R1.1 million for the trust....




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Demand for Rhino horns surges undoing decades of conservation efforts - Telegraph

Demand for Rhino horns surges undoing decades of conservation efforts  - Telegraph | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Decades of conservation efforts to save rhinos are coming undone, as surging demand for their horns in Asian traditional medicine has spawned a vast criminal trade powered by poaching.
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Fundraising blitz to save rhino

Fundraising blitz to save rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The battle against rhino poaching is at a fever pitch, spawning scores of fundraising campaigns running from glamorous to gory.
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Rhino Mayday 2012

We had a fantastic day at Rhino Mayday 2012, which was hosted by the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College, London...

 

Nevin Hunter, Head of Unit, UK National Wildlife Crime Unit


Help us kill the illegal trade – tell us what you know or hear

 

Nevin Hunter is the recently appointed Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit. He has over 20 years experience as a Police Wildlife Crime Officer and was until recently seconded as the Head of Compliance at the UK CITES Management Authority.

 

What we learned on the day:

An increase in requests for export permits coincided with the increase in poaching incidents
Rhino horn is retailed through auction houses – the value of the horn is based on weight, showing that it’s nothing to do with the age of the piece
Auction houses make 27% on sales of rhino horn.

 

One 8.15kg horn sold for £61,000, (auctioneer made £16,775 profit)


Now there are stricter measures in the UK for exports, which they are taking to Europe
There have been approx 65 museum attacks across the EU. The WCU have alerted museums and zoos to the threats and made sure Interpol are informed.
The concern is that antique rhino horn sources are going to dry up. What will they go to next? Ivory in museums?


If you know or see anything, contact Crimestoppers or ukwildlifecrime@nwcu.pnn.police.uk – this can be done anonymously

 

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DA’s Gareth Morgan’s National Assembly address at the 2012 Budget Vote for the DEA

DA’s Gareth Morgan’s National Assembly address at the 2012 Budget Vote for the DEA | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The scourge of rhino poaching is a national tragedy. A species brought back from extinction in the 1970s is now under assault from criminal syndicates. As of the end of April, 199 rhinos had been killed by poachers. At this rate 600 rhinos will be killed this year, up from 448 in 2011, a 34% increase on last year. And the reality is we don’t know what will happen to the rate in the future. If poaching continues to escalate in the manner that it escalated between 2007 and 2011, the overall rhino population will decline. That’s of course if we have a grip on what the actual number of rhinos in our parks are. If we have overestimated the rhino population then the decline may already have begun.

I am not one for throwing around emotive words, but the rhino poaching epidemic reached crisis levels some time ago. When armed individuals, mostly from Mozambique, enter the Kruger National Park, the jewel of our conservation crown, and kill our rhinos, already 119 dead this year and 252 last year, it is an assault on our sovereignty. It is pleasing that there are a high number of arrests, already 122 this year, but as the situation currently stands there will always be more poachers. The value of rhino horn is simply exorbitant, and the rewards of poaching currently outweigh the risks. Yes there is more than can be done in terms of compliance and enforcement. I do not believe for example that enforcement in the Kruger National Park has truly reached the stage where authorities “own the night”, the period when most poaching occurs. Nor, considering the friendly fire shootings that resulted in the death of a police officer and park ranger on Saturday, are the efforts of the law enforcement agencies sufficiently coordinated.

Of course poaching occurs not only in government parks. Private rhino owners also suffer losses at the hands of poachers. The costs of protecting private rhinos are substantial, so these stakeholders are also relying on support from government agencies in cracking syndicates and catching poachers.

Another aspect that needs to improve is intelligence. Crime Intelligence and Defence Intelligence, along with park authorities, need to improve systems of information gathering and sharing. Arresting and prosecuting syndicate bosses will do more to disrupt poaching than prosecuting the grassroots poacher, as important as the latter is.

Are we winning the war on rhino poaching? The answer is almost certainly no. Have we exploited all available options? The answer is also no. I am not in favour of closing down debate on options to curb rhino poaching, nor do I believe there is a ‘silver bullet’ solution. As far as I am concerned all options must remain on the table. All options must however be subject to rigorous scrutiny, but time is running out for our rhinos and we are desperate for some meaningful successes in the war against poaching. Madam Minister, we look to you for your leadership on this matter.
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SA considering rhino horn trade: Molewa - South Africa

SA considering rhino horn trade: Molewa - South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
South Africa is sitting on an estimated 20-ton stockpile of rhino horn.

 

South Africa is considering whether to approach the international community with a proposal to trade in rhino horn, Environment Minister Edna Molewa told MPs on Wednesday.

 

Opening debate in the National Assembly on her department's budget, she said this included engaging "major role players, including international and regional partners [and] potential consumer states".

 

Molewa's remarks come 10 months ahead of the 16th congress of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, in March next year......

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Supernova educates kids about rhinos

The fourth issue of Supernova magazine is now on sale and features a hot topic - rhinos.

 

Rhinos have a very soft spot in each of our hearts and this issue informs our children, the future guardians of our wildlife, about these magnificent creatures....

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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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Dead rhinos ‘hidden’ in butchery | IOL.co.za

Dead rhinos ‘hidden’ in butchery | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
At first they allegedly hid the evidence by giving the rhino carcasses to a local butchery – but when the butcher refused to buy any more, they had to bury the bodies.

 

The disposal of the dead rhinos was, according to the affidavit of SAPS colonel Johan Jooste, “a distinctive technique used to conceal illegal activities”......

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Rhino CSI, a South African reality

Rhino CSI, a South African reality | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

High tech brought in to hammer rhino poachers.

 

Composed and gently spoken, veterinarian and genetics specialist, Dr Cindy Harper, tells the extraordinary story of RhODIS: South Africa's two-year-old rhino DNA index system that was first believed to be an impossible project, but is now playing a major role in prosecuting rhino poachers through forensic DNA testing...

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SA rhinos at mercy of global smuggling network

SA rhinos at mercy of global smuggling network | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Petty hunters, corrupt wildlife officials and Asian traffickers have all been snared in South Africa's crackdown on rhino poaching as special prosecutors battle syndicates feeding the trade in horns.
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Horror of rhino poaching

Horror of rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A former Aboyne Academy pupil, who helps run a South African game lodge with her husband, has spoken of her horror after poachers butchered one of their rhinos for its horn.
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Organizations target rhino horn consumption in China

Organizations target rhino horn consumption in China | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Last year nearly 450 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa, which has become the epicenter for the global rhino poaching epidemic.

"While real efforts are being made on the ground to halt the poaching, we also need to reach out to those who buy the horn and show them the damaging effects of their actions. This partnership leverages African Wildlife Foundation's expertise around rhino conservation and WildAid’s network and experience operating in Asia to put an end to the demand for rhino horn," Patrick Bergin, head of AWF, said in a press release.....
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Buyers stay away from Rhino for sale - Sowetan LIVE

Buyers stay away from Rhino for sale - Sowetan LIVE | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
POACHING has been blamed for disappointing rhino prices at an Eastern Cape Parks game auction on Saturday.

 

Though more than R7-million was raised through the sale of hundreds of surplus game at provincial parks, CEO Sybert Liebenberg admitted he was somewhat disappointed that the three white rhino did not sell for more.

 

"Keeping rhino has become a huge security risk. Though the prices for the rhino were very low we are satisfied with what we got."

 

Two females and a male were sold to a proxy for a "conservationist" mystery buyer from Eastern Cape for R630,000.

 

According to Liebenberg the decision to sell the last three remaining white rhino in Eastern Cape provincial parks was in line with departmental policy to only keep animals that are indigenous to the region.......

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Kenya: Facebook Fans to Name Rhinos in Competition

THE Ol Pejeta Conservancy have launched an online competition where fans have a chance to name a rhinoceros. This year the conservancy reported four rhino births and the competition will be a chance for Facebook members to celebrate by naming one of the calves.

 

The competition is simple, fans of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Facebook page send photographs of wildlife or the landscape taken while visiting the conservancy to

 

The conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and the rhinos are monitored on a daily basis by a patrol team who report regularly. The competition will run throughout May with the first 15 days for fans to send their photos and the last 15 days (from 16-31 May) for fans to vote for the best photo. The winner will receive a photo of the rhino and an electronic certificate....

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WAR Calls us to Arms for the Rhino | Nikela

WAR Calls us to Arms for the Rhino | Nikela | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
WAR, Warriors for African Rhino, initiates campaign to save endangered rhino, South Africa, sign petition, send letter SA embassy, President Zuma lead charge.

 

Join the ranks, it's really simple:

Sign and send and you can make a huge difference

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Former Beatle Ringo Starr Wants to Save Rhinoceros from Extinction

Former Beatle Ringo Starr Wants to Save Rhinoceros from Extinction | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The musician has changed the image on his website to that of a rhino in an effort to raise awareness about the species.

 

We had absolutely no idea that Ringo Starr (aka Richard Starkey) is a fan of rhinoceros -- or is rhinoceri?

 

But apparently, he's long had a fondess for the horned critters. “I’ve always loved rhinos,” Starr explains. “They were close to my and Keith Moon’s heart. In fact I had two huge ones made and gave one to Keith. Mine is still out on the grass here in England."....

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Fight Against Rhino Poaching Requires Joint Efforts, South African Minister Molewa

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The government is talking... now let's hope the actions bring some positive results for the rhino.

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