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Hackers Violate the Namibian's Website Over Rhino Licence

NAMIBIAN websites are under threat from hackers disgruntled with government's decision to allow an American safari club to kill rhinos in the country.

 

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism announced at the end of last year that they had obtained a five-year approval from Cabinet to sell five black rhinos yearly for trophy hunting. Among the targeted websites by an international group called Anonymous is The Namibian newspaper's which has been mistakenly linked to the government.

 

The group Anonymous has carried out a series of well-publicised stunts where they attacked governments, religious, and multinational companies' websites in the past....

 

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There are many ways to show you disapprove...

Not sure I'd do something illegal, but can't help but say an itty bitty... "Way to go!"

 

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Abigail Cohan's curator insight, January 8, 10:12 PM

Namibia - Rhino Poaching

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South Africa Rhino Poaching Spikes in 2013

ohannesburg — The number of South African rhinos killed by poachers rose nearly 50 percent this year to almost 1,000.

 

As of December 19, poachers had killed 946 rhinos in South Africa this year. The South African department of environmental affairs says 668 were killed in 2012. A decade ago, in 2003, only 22 rhinos were poached...

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VIDEO: Battle to save the rhino and what needs to be done

VIDEO: Battle to save the rhino and what needs to be done | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

South Africa, home to over 80 percent of all rhino in the world, has lost over 800 of the creatures to poaching this year alone.

 

Milton Nkosi has visited the Kruger National Park, an area the size of Belgium, to see what efforts are being made to tackle poaching.

 

He spoke to General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding Anti-Poaching Operations from SANPARKS

 

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25492794

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In a nutshell what wildife rangers who protect rhino are facing and what needs to be done to end the war.

General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding Anti-Poaching Operations talks to Milton Nkosi, BBC

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Fashion Gone Bad: Rhino Horn Jewelry is More Popular Than Ever

Fashion Gone Bad: Rhino Horn Jewelry is More Popular Than Ever | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Wealthy individuals in China and Vietnam are wearing more rhino horn jewelry, making poaching of the endangered species even more prevalent.
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No break for rangers as rhino war rages on

No break for rangers as rhino war rages on | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

By yesterday 946 rhino had been poached in South Africa this year (last year 688 were killed).

 

SANParks anti-poaching co-ordinator Major-General Johan Jooste said that, though poaching was still on the increase in the park, the rate at which the situation was getting worse had been slowed.

 

"What we have managed to do is bring down the escalation rate (of poaching on an annual basis) from 70% to 40%," said Jooste.

This year 573 rhino have been poached in the Kruger National Park. Last year 425 animals were killed... 

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Chinese citizen enters guilty plea in NJ in rhino horn smuggling ring

With a network of accomplices in New Jersey, New York and Florida, federal authorities said Zhifei Li, 29, of Shangong, China, played a pivotal role in a lucrative industry.

 

A Chinese citizen who ran an antique business in his homeland pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal wildlife smuggling charges, admitting he shipped $4.6 million worth of rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horns and elephant ivory from the United States to China.


- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Guilty_plea_in_NJ_in_rhino_horn_smuggling_ring_.html#sthash.IyhUygA5.dpuf ;

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Spot the rhino running around D.C. for a chance at $100

Spot the rhino running around D.C. for a chance at $100 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Take a photo of Meridian Pint's rhino on his travels and you could win a $100 gift certificate.
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What if this was used to help the real live rhino in South Africa?

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@WWF to spend Sh7m on anti-poaching drive

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said rhino ear notching and taking of DNA samples would assist in monitoring animal movement using modern technology.

 

WWF Country Director Mohammed Awer said the organisation, Zoological Society of London, other international donors and the local private sector had devised a strategy to end poaching of rhinos which are listed as endangered species....

 

“We decided to launch the programme after realising that Narok County did not have the capacity  to monitor the rhinos, leaving them at the mercy of poachers. The microchips that will be inserted in their horns will make monitoring easy,” said Awer in Mara...

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Good Rhino News: Miracle for Two!

Good Rhino News: Miracle for Two! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
I'm pleased to announce that Thandi, the miraculous poaching survivor, is expecting! Dr. William Fowlds, who has been part of Thandi's life since the poaching attempt on her life said, "I don’t rec...
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Fighting rhino poaching in SA: there’s an app for that

Fighting rhino poaching in SA: there’s an app for that | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Samsung has announced its partnership with RhODIS at the University of Pretoria
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Rhino poacher jailed for 6 years in Limpopo

Rhino poacher jailed for 6 years in Limpopo | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

ohannesburg - A Mozambican man has been jailed for six years by the Makhado Regional Court for attempted rhino poaching, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

 

Musa Simango, 19, was sentenced on Monday, Colonel Ronel Otto said.

He was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition, and trespassing.

 

The 19-year-old Mozambican national and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Punda Maria area of the Kruger National Park in October. A shooting ensued. One man, Derrick Maluleke, 34, was killed. A third man escaped. - Sapa

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Vietnam survey reveals rhino horn (sung te giac) gifting trend

Vietnam survey reveals rhino horn (sung te giac) gifting trend | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Buyers and users of rhino horn primarily consider it a status symbol that is often used as a gift to business colleagues or people in positions of aut
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South Africa: Military-spec Helicopter to Fight Poaching

A military-spec helicopter, the Gazelle, is the latest addition to South African National Parks' arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching.

 

SANParks said the Gazelle, which was unveiled at the Letaba shooting range on Thursday, would bring the advantages of a light attack helicopter to the aid of their anti-poaching operations. It has a maximum airspeed of 310km/h, a range of 670km and service ceiling of 5000 meters. The helicopter was donated by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation in association with Paramount, a leading African aerospace and defence group, and is part of an on-going capacity building partnership announced almost one year ago....

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Whatever it takes... within reason.

But this could be good.

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Kenyan rhinos cannot survive in the wild, says charity

Kenyan rhinos cannot survive in the wild, says charity | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino Ark says animals are increasingly vulnerable to organised poaching gangs and should be protected in sanctuaries
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 9, 7:54 AM

Rhinos in East Africa

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NPR: To Save The Black Rhino, Hunting Club Bids On Killing One

NPR: To Save The Black Rhino, Hunting Club Bids On Killing One | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

The Dallas Safari Club says its controversial fundraiser is a conservation effort....

 

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, and in an effort to preserve the species, the Dallas Safari Club is offering a chance to kill one.

 

The Texas-based hunting organization is auctioning off a permit to hunt a rhinoceros in Nambia. It's a fundraiser intended to help save the larger population.

 

The idea may sound counter-intuitive, but Dallas Safari Club executive Ben Carter tells NPR's Jennifer Ludden that raising the funds to support the species is what many scientists and biologists believe is the best way to grow the population of black rhinos....

 

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http://www.npr.org/2013/12/29/257881008/to-save-the-black-rhino-hunting-club-bids-on-killing-one

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Upcoming January 11th auction to kill a rhino.

Read or listen to what NPR reports on this controversial issue.

 

The good ole argument that hunting is wildlife conservation... NOT!

When did you hear a hunter talk about the beauty of an animal? Its eyes, its grace, or its interaction with its young?

Hunters talk about guns, horns, antlers, size... they talk about wildife as objects, prizes, trophies... not living breathing beings.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:18 AM
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Upcoming January 11th auction to kill a rhino.

Read or listen to what NPR reports on this controversial issue.

 

The good ole argument that hunting is wildlife conservation... NOT!

When did you hear a hunter talk about the beauty of an animal? Its eyes, its grace, or its interaction with its young?

Hunters talk about guns, horns, antlers, size... they talk about wildife as objects, prizes, trophies... not living breathing beings.

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Poachers Kill Three of Malawi's Rare Black Rhinos

Poachers Kill Three of Malawi's Rare Black Rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

LILONGWE, Malawi, December 23, 2013 (ENS) - Wire snares and traps set by poachers have cost the Malawian Department of National Parks and Wildlife three of the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros that were re-introduced 20 years ago...

 

Justerini produced six calves during her 20 good years in Liwonde.

 

However, on July 15, 2013, the rhino monitoring team sighted Justerini in the sanctuary, and when they started to track her they found she was dragging a massive gin trap on her left rear leg. They lost her tracks and even after days of searching she still managed to evade any contact with the monitoring team.

 

Ironically, on October 15, which is Mothers Day in Malawi, the carcass of this rhino mother was found by a rhino monitoring patrol two kilometres from a waterhole inside Liwonde National Park.

 

She died from the results of the gin trap snare, a steel spring trap which severed off her foot. The death was most likely from loss of blood or thirst from her inability to get to water – a slow and very painful death estimated to have occurred around the end of July or early August 2013. The trap and her horns were found intact at her final resting place, said Palmer, a passionate wildlife conservationist, in an obituary to Justerini....

 

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British noble pens defense for rhino-horn smuggler

British noble pens defense for rhino-horn smuggler | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

From Downton Abbey to Brooklyn Federal Court.

 

A British aristocrat who counted late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a pal and hosted George Bush Sr. at his 17th century manor has thrown his unlikely support behind an illiterate Irish gypsy who admitted selling endangered black rhino horns in Queens.

 

Lord Vincent Constantine — who resides in a sprawling Cambridgeshire compound named Crosshall Manor — submitted a letter of snobbish endorsement for Michael Slattery Jr., a purported member of a shadow band of Irish gypsy crooks....

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Does dehorning rhino stop the poachers, harm rhino?

Does dehorning rhino stop the poachers, harm rhino? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

There are two ways to remove a rhinoceros’ horn. One is the way poachers do it – by shooting the rhino dead and hacking off its horn at the base. Then, there’s the way conservationists do it, a far more humane but complicated procedure. First, they catch and sedate the rhino. Next, they use a marker to draw a line a few centimeters above the base of the horn – just high enough to miss the delicate blood vessels in the rhino’s snout.  Then, they saw off each horn at the line. Finally, they smooth the stumps and rub tar over them to keep them from drying out and cracking.

 

It may seem crazy to deliberately deprive the rhino of its most iconic feature, which the animal uses to spar with rivals, attract mates and defend its young from predators. But to many experts, this drastic action is crucial to deterring poachers, who kill the animals and sell their valuable horns for use in traditional medicines and crafts in places like China and Yemen.  “Dehorning” has been adopted as an anti-poaching strategy in several African countries over the past few decades, but its efficacy is hotly debated....

 

The controversy surrounding dehorning makes its future uncertain. “I think there’s a limitation to how much you can do just by using a protectionist kind of situation,” Taylor said. This year, nearly 900 rhinos have been poached in South Africa alone, he said.  Du Toit added that issues such as limited funding and the difference in poaching rates from country to country make it difficult to say if dehorning will be expanded as an anti-poaching tool.  Both Taylor and Du Toit feel that the international community should consider other options, such as conducting economic analyses of the horn trade and taking steps to crack down on the global demand for rhino horns.  If successful, such measures could reduce the need for methods like dehorning.

 

“I think it would be a sad time if people could not see rhinos intact,” Rachlow said. “As important as it may be to dehorn rhinos to keep them alive, it would be a really sad future, a really sad statement on our decisions as humans, if we have to dehorn rhinos in order to have them be able to survive.

 

 

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This Year's Rhino Death Toll Edges Toward 1000

This Year's Rhino Death Toll Edges Toward 1000 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As of today, South Africa has lost 919 rhinos this year, slaughtered by poachers to supply the demand for ivory knickknacks in China, Vietnam, and Thailand.  That’s not counting the rhino killings elsewhere in Africa, and in Asia....

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Rhino death toll nears 1000!

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SAPS News: War declared on Rhino Poachers

KwaZulu-Natal has prioritised rhino poaching as one of the crimes that will receive focussed attention. The majority of these incidents occur in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is for this reason that the South African Police Services has partnered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to fight rhino poaching. Members of the SAPS Provincial Tracking Team, Operational Response Services and Detective Services together with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Zap-Wing conducted a five day operation from 11 December to 16 December 2013. The operation focused on the Jozini, Ndumo and Manguzi areas. The aim of the operation was to arrest suspects who are linked to Rhino Poaching, seize all poaching related exhibits and to also arrest those who provide a market for Rhino poachers....


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http://www.saps.gov.za/_dynamicModules/internetSite/newsBuild.asp?myURL=4030

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In Memoriam Nelson Mandela | CIC

In Memoriam Nelson Mandela | CIC | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

As a co-founder of Peace Parks Foundation in 1997, an organization that works to establish transboundary protected areas that preserve animal migration patterns and share wildlife resources, Madiba had a strong interest in wildlife conservation; he said:

 

“If we do not do something to prevent it, Africa’s animals, and the places in which they live, will be lost to our world and her children, forever. Before it is too late, we need your help to lay the foundation that will preserve this precious legacy long after we are gone.”


The CIC sends its sincere condolences to the Rainbow Nation of South Africa and hopes that we may follow the path shown by Nelson Mandela.

 

Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba
Ngiyabonga kakhulu

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela: Hero of Freedom

Tribute to Nelson Mandela: Hero of Freedom | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
With Nelson Mandela, the world has lost one of the greatest fighters against the oppression of a century politician who for decades was sitting for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa in jail.
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Hot pursuit of rhino poachers into Mozambique could be on the way

Hot pursuit of rhino poachers into Mozambique could be on the way | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

By the end of January the man heading SANParks anti-poaching operations should know whether his men will be given the hot pursuit option into Mozambique when tracking suspected rhino poachers.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa expects a memorandum of understanding between Mozambique and South Africa to be signed by then. This, she told a rhino poaching workshop in Skukuza, was to meet the deadline set by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for South Africa’s eastern neighbour and Vietnam to report on concrete legislative and other measures to curb rhino poaching....

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Hong Kong returns 33 rhino horns to South Africa

Hong Kong returns 33 rhino horns to South Africa | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
33 rhino horns with about £1.5 million have been returned to South Africa together with a consignment of ivory. The horns and ivory were returned by the Hong Kong government to allow for further forensic investigation.
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Of Tiger and Lion Bones and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade

Of Tiger and Lion Bones and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
An undercover investigation shows that the tiger bone/cake trade is steadily growing. Could rhinos be next?
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Jim Ries's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:27 PM

Unbeleivable what we humans come up with.  What is next?

Jim Ries's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:30 PM

Unbelievable what we humans can come up with.  What is next and what did you do to stop it?