What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search

#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Photos shared today via Twitter for the #StopKillingRhinos blitz.

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Look at what happened!

Hundreds, maybe thousands of photos for #StopKillingRhinos today tweeted on Twitter.

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#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search

#stopkillingrhinos - Twitter Search | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Join the riot today #stopkillingrhinos

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The top twitter trend of the day #stopkillingrhinos

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Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers

Kenya opens $100m wildlife forensic lab to help prosecute poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
New facility in Nairobi, first of its kind in east Africa, will collect and analyse DNA samples to help investigators identify the animal species killed by poachers
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Rhino Numbers in Botswana Surge as Army Helps Beat Poachers

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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, May 14, 2015 11:18 AM

Why can't our army do the same??

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Govt increases reward on rhino poaching

IN a desperate bid to track down elusive poachers, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has increased the reward money of whistle-blowers on poaching from N$30 000 to N$60 000.
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Vietnam arrests two over $1-million rhino horn haul

Vietnam arrests two over $1-million rhino horn haul | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Vietnamese police have arrested two men for transporting rhino horn worth an estimated $1-million (R12m), state media said on Monday, in the latest seizure of the prized animal part.

 

The pair were arrested as they left a railway station in central Nghe An province on Saturday carrying bags of rhino horn chunks weighing 37kg, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper said....

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$1-million!

What would you risk to get it?

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More people being convicted for rhino poaching

More people being convicted for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega says the increase in the number of arrests and convictions for rhino poaching is “heartening”

Addressing a conference in Pretoria on Sunday‚ Phiyega said between January and April this year 64 people had been arrested for poaching inside the Kruger National Park and 66 others outside the park.

 

“During the same four month period‚ we recovered 16 firearms‚ 99 rounds of ammunition‚ 9 vehicles‚ 13 rhino horns and 27 axes and knives‚” she said...

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Court dismisses application to acquit suspected rhino poachers

The Nelspruit Regional Court has dismissed an application to acquit three suspected rhino poachers who claimed they were framed
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Two rhino poached from Eastern Cape game farm

Two rhino poached from Eastern Cape game farm | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

An Eastern Cape game farmer says he is worried that poachers will strike again after two of his rhino were killed this week.

 

This brings to ten the number of rhino that have been poached in the Eastern Cape since the start of the year...

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Fake Rhino Horn to Save Rhino - Good or Bad Idea?

Fake Rhino Horn to Save Rhino - Good or Bad Idea? | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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....

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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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Sabine Anderson's curator insight, May 6, 2015 12:31 AM
I think this a wonderful way to curb the poaching!
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How Luke, 9, saved a rhino

How Luke, 9, saved a rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

It’s not often that members of the public, worried about the plight of South Africa’s rhinos, get the chance to contribute personally to the protection of this increasingly threatened species.

 

But thanks to the compassion – and persistent nagging – of a 9-year-old Durban schoolboy, one rhino was spared a lingering death this week in Mkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal....

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Way to go Luke!

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Kruger tourists bust rhino poachers

Kruger tourists bust rhino poachers | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Observant tourists get two rhino poachers arrested in Kruger National Park.
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Plans to save the Kruger rhino population

Plans to save the Kruger rhino population | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The only sure way of putting a stop to rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park is to have communities in close proximity cooperate in the safeguarding of the rhino.
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"Please Lord give us strength to do this"

"Please Lord give us strength to do this" | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Dr. William Fowlds is a wildlife vet extraordinaire who sees the horrors of rhino poaching each day. May his prayer be answered.

Read his gut wrenching account of his attempt to save such a rhino

 http://www.nikela.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/POACHED-1.pdf ;

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Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas

Threatened African Rhinos could find new home in Texas | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
(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 …
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Iowa taxidermist pleads guilty to rhino horn trafficking

Iowa taxidermist pleads guilty to rhino horn trafficking | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Maquoketa resident James A. Hess ultimately pocketed between $15,000 and $16,000 from the illegal resale of two horns
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Rhino poachers target Kruger Park

Rhino poachers target Kruger Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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....

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A picture of loneliness: The last male northern white rhino

A picture of loneliness: The last male northern white rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The image of Sudan the rhino, surrounded by the armed guards who protect him from poachers, shows how little humans have learned since the ice age
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Thanks to those who protect this lonely soul.

 

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Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress in the war against poaching

Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress in the war against poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

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.... 

 

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South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels

South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Despite more resources provided to curb the soaring number of rhino poaching, South Africa has seen an increase this year compared to last year.
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Mozambican Police Seize Rhino Horns and Cash

Mozambican Police Seize Rhino Horns and Cash | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The Mozambican police on Sunday seized 4.6 kilos of rhinoceros horns and large sums of foreign currency from four people believed to part of an international ring of traffickers in rhino horn.
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For a cause: Renaissance School students help raise awareness and money for saving rhinos

For a cause: Renaissance School students help raise awareness and money for saving rhinos | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
They hopes to raise around VND20,000,000 (US$1,000) for this good cause.
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Wildlife tourism: Creating a global force for natural protection

“Shhhh. Everyone please stop talking. Look, over there, right through there, through those bushes.

See the watering hole? Just look at her. ...
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Despite Memorandum Rhino and Elephants Remain at Risk

Despite Memorandum Rhino and Elephants Remain at Risk | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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.
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Four-legged hunters on the front line of the rhino war

Four-legged hunters on the front line of the rhino war | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Ngwenya is no ordinary pooch and has the scars to prove it. She has dodged bullets, spent hours in the bush chasing rhino poachers and has taken part in half a dozen arrests.
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