Cynide has been used to kill more than 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate as new photographs show the scale of the slaughter.
The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange National Park has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst massacre in Southern Africa for 25 years.
Pictures taken by the hunters reveal horrific scenes. Parts of the park can be seen from the air to be littered with the corpses of elephants, often with their calves dead beside them.
There is now deep concern that the use of cyanide - first revealed in July - represents a new and particularly damaging technique in the already soaring poaching trade. ...
Communities that have bought into conservation and tourism risk losing it all to 'new breed of poachers'.
"I started poaching with my younger brother when our father died. Our family had nothing, no farm or jobs so we had no choice but to hunt," said Ndivo.
Using arrows dipped in a powerful poison called avai, Nicholas would kill up to five elephants a week and sell their tusks to a businessman in a nearby town....
Today, Ndivo is still earning a living from the wildlife in the Chyulu Hills, but in a spectacularly different way.
Instead of hunting big game, he is now using his poaching skills as a ranger for the conservation organisation Big Life.
Established in 2009 to address rampant poaching of elephants and other wildlife, Big Life employs Maasai and Kamba rangers to monitor, track and report on poaching activities. Many in their ranks are former poachers themselves....
We're still trying to get the actual transcript of what Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Khamis Kagasheki actually said but reports are coming in that soldiers and rangers are to be given orders to shoot poachers on the spot.
Kalli Fullerton Doubleday's insight:
No Judge, No Jury – poachers to be shot on the spot in Tanzania
Latest rhino poaching figures (as of 11 October 2013):
Kruger National Park (SANParks) - 450 rhinos poachedMarakele National Park (SANParks) - 2 rhinos poachedGauteng - 4 rhinos poachedLimpopo - 80 rhinos poachedMpumalanga - 63 rhinos poachedNorth-West Province - 75 rhinos poachedEastern Cape - 2 rhinos poachedFree State - 0 rhino poachedKwaZulu Natal - 70 rhinos poachedWestern Cape - 0 rhino poachedNorthern Cape - 0 rhino poached
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.
Two can play the poisoning game - poachers poison animals to get their hands on horn or ivory but now poisons are being used in the fight back by conservationists.
On the Plumari Game Reserve, in the Magaliesberg, 45 minutes northwest of Johannesburg, the six surviving rhino were yesterday darted with a sedative and their horns infused with poison.....
Lorinda Hern, co-founder of the Rhino Rescue Project, said more than 200 rhino horns had been poisoned in this way in South Africa.
"If someone were to inhale too many of these compounds [injected into the horn], ingest them or handle large quantities of horn, they would start to [experience] nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and perhaps nerve damage," she said.
If a large amount of horn were consumed it could prove lethal....
SOUTH AFRICA—home to 83% of Africa's rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide—has been suffering a rhino-poaching crisis since 2008. In 2012 668 rhinos were...
The first step in "un-marketing" rhino horn is simple: find out who your buyers are and why they like the product. TRAFFIC, an organisation that monitors the illegal wildlife trade, has just conducted a survey to identify the most important buyers of rhino horn. It turns out that it is a luxury purchase by rich men in Vietnam: professional businessmen, celebrities and government officials. They do not see themselves as contributing to the devastation of rhino herds in South Africa and presumably have no inkling that their purchases may finance terrorism in Kenya....
So how do you turn successful, well-educated men against a luxury good that conveys wealth and well-being? For starters, governments need to show that they are serious about cracking down on the use of this product. In South Korea demand was reduced by removing rhino horn from the official Korean pharmacopoeia; in Taiwan the ministry of health commissioned double-blind randomised clinical trials to study the efficacy of rhino horn and recommend it was not worth using; and in Yemen a public awareness campaign, combined with economic hardship, killed the trade....
The message to rich Vietnamese is that they should probably be looking for a new luxury product to convey status. How about a nice, vintage Chateau Lafite Rothchild? It certainly tastes better than keratin water.
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