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Hunt for poaching suspects turns deadly - IOL News | IOL.co.za

Hunt for poaching suspects turns deadly - IOL News | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A Rhino poaching suspect has been shot and killed in a gunfight with wildlife rangers at Ndumo Game Reserve, on KwaZulu-Natal’s northern border with Mozambique.

 

The shooting happened early on Wednesday when a group of three poachers was intercepted in the reserve by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s anti-poaching unit.

 

Ezemvelo had received information on Tuesday night that a rhino poaching attempt was about to be launched in Ndumo.

 

According to Ezemvelo rhino security co-ordinator Jabulani Ngubane, rifle shots were fired when the poaching suspects were confronted around 5am.

Ezemvelo officers returned fire and, once the shooting stopped, a critically injured man was found nearby.

 

He died before an ambulance arrived at the reserve.
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Dogs, A Rhino's Best Friend!

The country’s anti-poaching operators will soon be able to call on the acute noses of specially trained dogs in their battle to end the indiscriminate slaughter of rhino.

 

Until recently the public face of counter-poaching was that of an armed ranger putting his life on the line for our rhino. This is going to change with the deployment of the three specially trained dogs to assist field rangers in tracking operations against poachers and those suspected of involvement in this heinous crime.”

 

Three foxhounds, the same breed used in the traditional English bloodsport of fox hunting, are in the final stages of specialist training and have already learnt to ignore animal spoor in favour of that left by humans...

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Holes in My Soles: All This Must Pass.

Holes in My Soles: All This Must Pass. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Jim McIntosh writes poems to

share the rhino's plight:

 

"So you're repelled by this face

where horns have been slashed away,

your helplessness seems a deep crevasse.

 

Dig down in your soul,

climb out of that hole

...and all this will pass.

 

When you're crying for their loss,

and your tears are all you've got,

there is pain in your heart you must surpass.

 

They need you to strive

to help them stay alive

...or so they will pass......"

 

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World’s First Dedicated Rhino Orphanage Founded

World’s First Dedicated Rhino Orphanage Founded | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo Province is to be the site for the centre, which will take in baby rhinos that have been orphaned or injured by poaching across the country. Poaching has seen a record number of rhinos killed and orphaned in the past 14 months. More than 400 rhino were butchered in South Africa last year and almost 100 have died in the first two months of 2012.

 

A R4m campaign has been launched to fund the project which has already gained the support of most of the major organisations involved in the war to save the rhino.

 

The first donation has already been made by agricultural machine specialists New Holland who have donated a new tractor to the project after hearing of the plans for the orphanage.

 

South Africa is home to more than 90 percent of the rhinos on the planet, and the world’s first rhino orphanage will be a major step forward in the battle to protect the species.

 

Arrie van Deventer runs the Wildlife & Cultural Centre and is confident the orphanage can be opened soon and will be a safe haven for baby rhinos.

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Bowling for Rhinos 2012

"AAZK's Bowling for Rhinos" fund raiser began on a small scale and is now an AAZK-sponsored North American event raising between $200,000- $300,000 annually....
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'Screaming' rhino calf nudges dead mom

'Screaming' rhino calf nudges dead mom | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A Limpopo game farmer and farm manager have told how they heard a shot, the blows of an axe, and later discovered a month-old rhino calf "screaming" next to his dead mother....

 

WildlifeMargrit: This just breaks my heart! 

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Still hope for surviving rhinos despite poaching - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Still hope for surviving rhinos despite poaching - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The poachers came first. And then the scavengers: the vultures and the hyena. Lion probably also had their share of the feast.

Now all that remains of the fallen rhino are a few bones bleached by the sun, a mound of sunken flesh and the ravages of the bullets that ended its life four days ago.

This remote patch of land, a breath from the Mozambican border, will now become a lonely graveyard for this rhino, as others have become in the poaching “hotspots” of the Kruger National Park.

“This is typically how a rhino is poached in the Kruger, far from anywhere,” explains Ken Maggs, the head of the environmental crime investigation unit at SANParks, as he gestures to the forensic team delicately gathering evidence around the sagging carcass....
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Rhino Summit in Nairobi develops action plan - eTurboNews.com

Rhino Summit in Nairobi develops action plan - eTurboNews.com | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Nairobi based conservation centre of the African Wildlife Foundation, in short AWF hosted a continental meeting during the week, aimed to discuss strategies on protecting the rhinos, now under assault like never before.
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One rhino killed and seven suspected poachers arrested

One rhino killed and seven suspected poachers arrested | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s wildlife authority said an eight-year-old female rhino has been illegally killed in the world’ s famous Tsavo West National Park and also arrested seven suspected poachers.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said its aerial patrol team found the rhino carcass in Ngulia Sanctuary within the expansive park.

KWS said in a statement that further investigation revealed that the three-day old carcass had neither bullet wounds nor any other visible injury.
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A Vet's Pledge to a Dying Rhino

Kariega Game Reserve

UPDATE FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2012 (Posted Saturday 7 April 2012 !2H45)

 

We received the following from Dr Fowlds.

 

"Understandably, monitoring Thandi since the last procedure has been more difficult as they have retreated into the thickets again and remain elusive. The reports and photos from Jason show the presence of extens...ive scabbing and some area of dried mud on her face. We can’t confirm the state of maggots as she has not given us the chance to get in close enough but the amount of flies around her head suggest they are laying eggs in these moist wounds.


Thandi was treated with two products which should be helping her now. The first is an injection which treats parasites from the inside of the body and should last 3-4 weeks while the second is an “F10” product which comes in a thick cream/gel form and contains and insecticide. While I have no doubt that the product works well, we do not know how much she was able to absorb into these oozing wounds and how much residual effect the insecticide will have because of this ie how long will it keep killing flies and maggots?


The IDEXX team in Cape Town were able to send us blood test results within 24 hours following the latest procedure which was a great help. With the aid of Prof Fred Reyers we have also been able to do some comparative analysis of her blood tests between the 10th March and the 4th of April samples. The overall interpretation of so many indicators is very complicated and that’s why it has been so important to have an expert helping with these aspects. In very simple terms the levels of active muscle damage have dropped from a reading of 1212 (normal range 60-1074) to 140, which is very good. The one liver damage indicator which was on 49 (normal range 0-31) has come down to 32.


Another indicator of general tissue damage, LDH, has shown a marked improvement from 4484 (200-1176) down to 1563. You may recall that Themba’s reading was 22 500 on the 10th of March. However, what the serum protein electrophoresis results show are that the protein studies warn us that her body is still responding to areas of infection and sepsis. What Themba has shown us is that these areas are not limited to her facial injuries, which we are able to visualise, and for this reason we cannot afford to drop our guard. We must remain vigilant for any signs of change. In spite of her amazing progress, this brave girl is still dealing with a lot and she needs our continuing support.


The final results from Themba’s post mortem have shown that the damage to his muscles also extended to his heart muscle and in the end the complications of this ie heart failure as well as a pneumonia, towards the end, are what became too much for him to cope with. In retrospect, after a microscopic study of his tissues and organs, we now know that his internal injuries were too much for him to deal with. His fight has shown us a determination to live which goes beyond our previous understanding of rhino. This courage is even more admirable now that we know the full extent of his injuries. To my knowledge, what we have learned from Themba is unprecedented and his legacy, if applied to others, will propel the levels of care and accuracy of prognosis into another higher level.


Ultimately though, we all strive to not have to deal with victims of poaching at all. We all fight and dream for the day when there is no man induced suffering of this nature and we are all determined to ensure that the heartache and tragedy of Themba leads to a decrease in suffering for all rhino. As a witness to this horrific ordeal, a man’s heart cannot ever be the same again. The suffering of an animal is etched into my heart in a way that I am not able to process at the moment, and I know that many others feel the same way too both at Kariega and around our traumatised country. However, we have also been witness to the most remarkable human response that I have ever been a part of and so since global awareness is such an important foundation in our war to save the rhino, the story of awareness is equally as important to report on.


To give you an idea of what just one awareness platform, Facebook, has done in the war to win hearts and minds, I offer you these stats from Des Lubbe at Tweeters. In the months preceding the 1st of March poaching, Kariega’s Facebook’s weekly reach showed an average around 2000. In less than 3 weeks this figure had grown to 45 000 and tonight Des reports that this reach, on just Facebook alone, is up to 83 000. When this figure went through the 50 000 mark, the potential reach (ie friends of fans) was over one million (1 055 631) so we could probably extrapolate this current potential to easily more than 1.5 million friends.


Just ten days ago (day 26) I wrote these words when the weekly reach hit 45 000: “The story of three precious rhino who enjoyed life side by side in the green grass of paradise. Three of God’s creation who’s bond with one another allowed poachers to butcher them one after the other. Three magnificent rhino with three very different stories. Who among us, will give up just a fraction of our day to expose their story to the world. Even one more minute to post/forward/share or comment in honour of what they have gone through. These three victims have given us new ammunition to use in fighting this war. Our hearts and minds have been impacted by the reality of their suffering. In a war fought on many fronts, YOU have the ability to make an impact in the battle to win over the hearts and minds of inconsiderate man. You may not be making the bullets but you certainly have the ability to fire the guns.”
Thank you for all those who have given up a fraction of your day, or more, to add momentum to this awareness drive which is exposing the true reality of rhino suffering during this crisis. The world is starting to take notice and demand more information and if we are ever going to see the end of poaching, we have to educate as the basis for all other measures.


In addition to this, the story of Themba and Thandi echoes through many other media channels. Yesterday their story reached many in the UK through ITV news and was shown in the USA via NBC. I know it has also been aired in France and a German company will be filming soon. Countless national news papers have covered their story and other individuals are busy hard at work editing their story for an even bigger push.
I would not be able to share all the accounts I have received of what good people are doing as a result of the inspiration that this story has given them. This is truly remarkable. This is truly motivational and it inspires us to push even harder, and to do even more.


I made a promise to a dying rhino once, his name was Geza, that I would not allow his death to be in vain. I also made a promise to a dead rhino, his name was Themba, that I would make every single day, all 24 days of suffering, count. That I would do everything in my ability to turn suffering into a pain-free future for other rhino. I don’t have a hope of keeping to my word unless I am part of an army of people who feel the same way and are willing to do something about it. This we have seen through the social media stats and we have experienced in the spontaneous response to the “Thandi Rhino” injection fund which is just two days old.


Thank you all for your overwhelming response for rhino to this point. The statistics show us that it is not enough as we count more than 160 dead this year. But what we have achieved gives us a hope which is being fuelled by those around us. The tidal wave continues to build. Sadly the war is far from over, but this Easter weekend, we are able to celebrate in more ways than one, that even in death, and the worst suffering that man can inflict, there is the hope of life. And this hope draws us forward to a better place."

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South Africa: Five Vietnamese 'Trophy Hunters' Denied Permits

South Africa: Five Vietnamese 'Trophy Hunters' Denied Permits | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Ingogo Safaris' application for hunting permits for five Vietnamese citizens was denied after certain conditions concerning the "hunters" were not met.
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VIDEO: Hunted for horns worth more than gold, South Africa's rhinos face worst year on record

VIDEO: Hunted for horns worth more than gold, South Africa's rhinos face worst year on record | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
More than one rhino is being killed in South Africa by poachers each day -- with 2012 on target to be the worst year on record.
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160 Rhino Death Toll - via OSCAP

160 Rhino Death Toll - via OSCAP | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

www.facebook.com/groups/oscap/

 

 

Date: April 4th, 2012

 

(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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South Africa: The Wailers Play in Cape Town to Support the Rhino

Reggae stars The Wailers will take time out from their world tour to play the Stand Up! concert on Friday, 27 April, 2012, at Trinity nightclub, Cape Town, to help save endangered rhinos. They will be supported by The Rudimentals, Fox Comet, Mix n Blend, and Dino Psaras.

 

The concert is the brainchild of Damien Vergnaud, owner of Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge and founder of RhinoProtect, the organisation that Stand Up! will support. RhinoProtect was born out of desperation...

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SA offer Rhino in exchange for...

SA offer Rhino in exchange for... | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG. The sports ministry has defended its decision to equip South Africa’s Olympic team with Chinese-made kit, saying that Beijing offered the kit for free in return for giving Chinese hunters first dibs on poaching the team mascot, a rhino named Chukuru. “It’s a win-win,” said a spokesman. “Well, except for Chukuru. He’s going to get wasted.”
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Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching unveils new website

Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching unveils new website | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

This powerful Facebook group now has their own website take a look.

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Arrested: Irish rhino smugglers had fake €120k

Arrested: Irish rhino smugglers had fake €120k | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
TWO members of a notorious international rhino-horn smuggling gang have been arrested in Switzerland in possession of €120,000 in fake notes.
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Letter to Plead for Our Rhino

LETTER SENT FROM RHINO SOS TODAY:

 

Dear Minister Molewa; Adv. De Lange; Gareth Morgan; Mr. S. Huang; SA Delegate to COP / CITES and others,

 

RHINO POACHING CRISIS – URGENT INFORMATION REGARDING RE-CLASSIFICATION OF CERATOTHERIUM SIMUM SIMUM
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I had the privilege of presenting at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee hearings on the 26th January 2012. Since then I have been active in various Anti-poaching groups, and have gathered further information.

 

On behalf of the citizens of South Africa, kindly URGENTLY forward the following information to the Rhinoceros Working Group at CITES (headed by the UK & N. Ireland). The deadline for the Rhinoceros Working Group to receive information from the PARTIES to assist in fulfilling its mandate is the 15th April 2012.

 

The White Rhinoceros of South Africa (Ceratotherium simum simum) must be reclassified onto Appendix I from whence it was moved in 1995.

 

The reasons are as follows:


1. The poaching of rhino in South Africa has become uncontrollable. This fact has been confirmed by staff of the Kruger National Park and despite firm steps from Government to resolve the matter we have not been successful in stopping or even reducing the amount of rhinos killed or maimed on a daily basis. To date 162 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, mutilated in the most barbaric manner.

 

2. It is predicted that our dwindling numbers of rhinoceros will not withstand the onslaught and will soon be facing extinction (yet again).

 

Many experts in Conservation are of the same belief and I quote Dr Ian Player in a speech he made in March 2012:

 

“LET ME END BY SAYING HOW DESPERATELY WE ARE CONCERNED with the escalating rhino poaching that is sweeping across the land. And let us never forget that it is because of the white rhino that our Parks on this continent were created. The horrors of maimed and wounded rhino are experienced almost every day. The poor inoffensive white rhino is the main target and they act as a buffer to the killing of the black rhino.”

 

If the White Rhinoceros re-classified onto CITES Appendix I, it will:

 

a) immediately send a powerful message to all persons considering rhino horn trade and/or the desirability of rhino horn as an investment commodity.


b) enable customs and police.

 

I am hopeful that The Rhinoceros Working Group will consider my proposal to IMMEDIATELY move the species to APPENDIX 1. I am available to them for any further information they may need.

 

Yours sincerely,
Margot Stewart
RHINO S.O.S. South Africa
Durban

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Animal Planet goes wild with new season of shows

Animal Planet goes wild with new season of shows | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Animal Planet has a menagerie of new shows for the season ahead that promise real-life drama, monstrous mystery, unusual human creatures and a new breed of cute....

Building on its hit “Whale Wars,” the network plans to introduce “Rhino Wars,” which follows a team of former U.S. Special Forces as they hunt down gangs of rhino poachers in South Africa whose greed threatens to reduce to near extinction the rhino population....
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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Strategy to Save Rhino Unveiled

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Strategy to Save Rhino Unveiled | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa have announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent's alarming rhino poaching crisis....

Participants at the summit agreed that, to effectively address the crisis, the African conservation community needed to target efforts along four tiers, with specific actionable items that can be addressed within the next six to nine months. These include assisting surveillance and anti poaching units, strengthening law enforcement, using campaigns to curb the demand in rhino horn and reaching out to policy makers. Kipng'etich said the success Kenya has had in sealing air-travel exit points by incorporating the use of sniffer dogs, which will also be integrated at the Eldoret and upcoming Kisumu airports. He said the weak penalties in Kenya's laws were being part of the problem in fighting the crisis.
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No Rhino Powder for Kaza

No Rhino Powder for Kaza | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Reports that the governments of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Angola agreed to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies are "malicious and false," says Dr Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief of government communication....
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End of Rhino Horn trade debate?No CITES till 2019

RHINO WAR NEWS - UPDATE DEA - 'Not ready' to lift ban on horn trade - Strict Hunting Curbs - Vietnamese Hunters Banned - The War in Kruger

RWN COMMENT - QED !! - Minister Molewa confirms no approach to CITES possible before 2019 - should settle the horn/trade debate, and all the focus and energy must now target fighting the poaching war !
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Photos of the Alleged Rhino Killers!

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Disgraced Wildlife Experts Appear For Rhino Slaughter

 

Noted Wildlife Experts in Court. Eight rhino poaching suspects appeared at the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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Kruger is from my town! I hope they get just what they deserve!
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Thank You for your interest in the African Rhino!

Thank You for your interest in the African Rhino! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

We are at 5,000 views! I'm amazed!

 

The comments and feedback are most welcome. So glad that having one place to capture news about the rhino is helpful to you. [Thank you scoop.it for this tool]

 

And thank YOU, for what you do, to assist in this race to save Africa's rhino.

 

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And thank you too for keeing up up to date on our Rhino news x
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And thank you for keeing us updated on our Rhino news.
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In South Africa's Kruger Park, rhino sightings now a secret

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - If you see a rhino in South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, you can tell your friends or even tweet it.But just don't say where you saw it....

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