In these poaching incidents, a male as well as a female and her young calf were butchered. The state of the 4th poached rhino is unknown at present.
The Wilderness Foundation, through their Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative and along with the owner of Lombardini Game Reserve, Johan Lottering, are offering a R 100 000 reward for information leading to a successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in this incident....
(GIN)–Thefts, murders and mutilation of Africa’s wildlife, from white rhinos to elephants with their prized horns and tusks are at an all-time high, say conservationists who are keeping track of the poaching of species by fortune-seeking hunters. To save the animals from further decimation, the U.S.-based Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) proposes moving about 1,000 of …
Kruger National Park remains the hardest hit when it comes to rhino poaching - losing 290 animals of the 393 killed in South Africa by April, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at a briefing on Sunday.
While figures for the rest of South Africa show either a decrease or stabilisation compared to last year, numbers continue to increase in the Kruger National Park. By April 2014, the number of rhino lost to poachers was 331 for the whole of the country and 212 for the Kruger....
We, as the Department of Environmental Affairs, remain committed to providing accurate, timely account in relation to this very important topic: the conservation of the iconic African rhino.
We recognize and note the vital role that the people of this country and media whom we often speak through, have to play; not just in awareness of our people but also to the conservation of the rhino. We also continue to recognize the importance of mobilizing public support for our efforts and campaigns to fight rhino poaching, as led by the government. We also remind you that the fight against rhino poaching is a fight to be waged by all of us.
This government will not win this battle alone, but through real tangible efforts by all of us....
PRETORIA - The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mozambican and the South African governments a year ago has so far not saved the rhino or elephants from the South African side of the border.
Pembient announced plans to produce the 3D printed horns at the start of 2015 and has now said it aims to release the first one in June. Limited quantities will be sold shortly after, with a portion of the sales going towards the protection and management of wild rhinos – the cost would be about a tenth of what rhino horns currently sell for. It hopes its product will provide an outlet in the same way faux fur did....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
I tend to agree with this... about changing behavior.
Colman O'Criodain, from the WWF, said there is already a great deal of fake horns in circulation that has not led to a decrease in poaching. He said: "In general, we favour trying to change consumer behaviour rather than pandering to it,"
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