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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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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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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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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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