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International Anti Poaching Foundation (IAPF)

 

The IAPF is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, equips and deploys rangers dedicated to the protection of wildlife. This education and operational support is given free of charge to the rangers of Southern Africa that need it the most. To achieve this task the IAPF has a growing support base of dedicated volunteers and donors that believe all anti-poaching operations should unite and fight a common goal together.

 

Visit http://www.iapf.org to learn how you can help them protect rhinos and other African wildlife.

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Denmark: Auctioneer fined for rhino horns and elephant tusks | The Copenhagen Post

Denmark: Auctioneer fined for rhino horns and elephant tusks | The Copenhagen Post | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"The Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen was fined 14,000 kroner by Copenhagen City Court yesterday for listing two rhino horns and three elephant tusks for sale in 2011 without proper authorization, according to Ritzau. Bruun Rasmussen pulled the items after being notified that their sale was illegal, but that was not enough to avoid the fine."

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Singapore and Thailand Customs Each Seize 22kg Rhino Horn | ANNAMITICUS

Singapore and Thailand Customs Each Seize 22kg Rhino Horn | ANNAMITICUS | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
Customs officers in Singapore and Thailand have both recorded significant rhino horn seizures within a few days of one another. In each instance, close to 22 kg rhino horn were seized from the luggage of passengers on their way to Viet Nam.
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Kenya: Anti-Poaching Drones By Airware Prove To Successful At Protecting | Huffington Post UK

Kenya: Anti-Poaching Drones By Airware Prove To Successful At Protecting | Huffington Post UK | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"A San Francisco startup has just announced it has conducted successful trials using them to monitor poachers and protect endangered species in Africa.

 

The Airware control system consisting of two fixed-wing aircraft and one flexible wing drone was tested at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya."

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South Africa: 1004 rhino poached in SA in 2013 | IOL News

South Africa: 1004 rhino poached in SA in 2013 | IOL News | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"A total of 1004 rhino were poached in South Africa last year, the environmental affairs department said on Friday."

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Chain Of Events (Animal To Ornament) | YouTube

"This is what happens before you get to the end product of a Rhino horn orniment. Lets show this to the word, on the odd chance that maybe it will reach the right people and save a life. Stop the killing!"

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Vet probed for 'gruesome' dehorning | News 24

Vet probed for 'gruesome' dehorning | News 24 | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
A game vet is being accused of dehorning rhinos in a cruel and inhumane manner, by cutting too close to the nerve endings.
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There would be no need for dehorning if there was no threat to it.

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South Africa: Limpopo cracks whip on poachers | The Citizen Online

South Africa: Limpopo cracks whip on poachers | The Citizen Online | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

A total of 31 people have been arrested for alleged rhino poaching in Limpopo this year, provincial police said on Tuesday. Colonel Ronel Otto said that during the arrests police seized 11 rifles, 128 rounds of ammunition, and several knives and axes.

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Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa (AUDIO) | NPR

Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa (AUDIO) | NPR | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"Demand for rhino horn, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is fueling a slaughter of the animals in Africa. In Vietnam, the sought-after commodity is fetching prices as high as $1,400 an ounce, or about the price of gold."

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United States: Poaching to be brought to top-level attention | BDLive

United States: Poaching to be brought to top-level attention | BDLive | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
US concerned about links between international terrorist groups and syndicates involved in illegal wildlife trade, along with smuggling of drugs, weapons and humans
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Community Conservancy Sends Suspected Poachers to Court | NRT Kenya

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"Devastated by Omni’s death, the Il Ngwesi community with help from other stakeholders (KWS, NRT, Lewa and Borana Conservancy) immediately launched an investigation into the killing. Community elders called for a meeting on the 15th of April, and decided to use modern as well as traditional methods to catch the poachers. The elders gave the culprits 10 days (from the 15th to the 24th of April) to confess or face dire consequences, including curses.

 

The entire investigation has been a community-led initiative, using the arm of the law alongside a traditional cultural approach to expose the culprits within this small society. The entire process has been driven by the community’s deep pride in  Omni, recognising the benefits he attracted through tourism and a desire to see an expanding rhino population thrive on Il Ngwesi."

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United States: Denton Avenue (NY) Students Helping to Protect Endangered Rhinos | Patch.com

United States: Denton Avenue (NY) Students Helping to Protect Endangered Rhinos | Patch.com | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"After reading a recent article in the New York Times about the threat to rhinos caused by illegal poaching and the efforts of wildlife conservation organizations to protect them, Mrs. Lisa Parisi’s fifth grade class at the Denton Avenue School in Herricks felt compelled to take action.


The Denton Dynamos raised over $1,000, which they are donating to adopt a new baby Sumatran Rhino named Andatu and the rest to support the IRF’s efforts to protect endangered rhinos."

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Worsening Rhino war Strains Countries’ Relations | National Geographic

Worsening Rhino war Strains Countries’ Relations | National Geographic | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
The growing incursion of rhino poachers from Mozambique into South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park is beginning to strain relations between the two countries.
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Ireland: Riverdance star Michael Flatley's mansion burgled by gang who stole the dancer's Rhino horn | The Mirror

Ireland: Riverdance star Michael Flatley's mansion burgled by gang who stole the dancer's Rhino horn | The Mirror | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"Security sources revealed the burglars got away with over £200,000 worth of rhino horn from his mansion in Castlehyde, Fermoy Co Cork as part of a total £330,000 haul."

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The Dangerous Job Of Protecting Wildlife | BlogTalkRadio

The Dangerous Job Of Protecting Wildlife | BlogTalkRadio | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Damien Mander, CEO of The International Anti-Poaching Foundation about the illegal trafficking of wildlife industry and why there needs to be a global ban on canned hunting."

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21 elephant calves a testimony to anti-poaching efforts - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog

21 elephant calves a testimony to anti-poaching efforts - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
Twenty-one new elephant calves have been sighted at Zakouma National Park in the Republic of Chad, marking a turnaround in the fortune of the park’s beleaguered elephant herds which had been decimated by poaching in recent years.
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Czech Republic: Czechs seize 2 rhino horns at Prague airport believed meant for southeast Asia | Fox News

"Simona Cigankova of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate says the horns belonged to the southern white rhino and their black market value is estimated at $360,000."

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South Africa: Rhino poaching statistics highlight need for action against crime | WWF

South Africa: Rhino poaching statistics highlight need for action against crime | WWF | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
Record number of rhino poaching deaths in South Africa last year (Rhino poaching statistics highlight need for action against crime.
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Seven rhinos killed by poachers in Kenya's bloodiest week

Seven rhinos killed by poachers in Kenya's bloodiest week | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"Gunshots rang out across the wilderness on 23 May when poachers shot to death one rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park. Then three days later on 26 May they struck two sites, Solio Ranch near Nyeri in centralKenya, and at Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park killing one rhino in each protected area. The very next day they struck again at Meru National Park in the north of the country where they shot yet another rhino. Two days later on 29 May, three more rhino were poached on a private ranch Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary."

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South Africa: R4m to boost rhino poaching fight | IOL SciTech

South Africa: R4m to boost rhino poaching fight | IOL SciTech | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has given the green light for a R4-million sponsorship of two anti-rhino poaching helicopters as well as securing two fixed-wing aircraft to bolster the fight against the onslaught of rhino poaching in KZN."

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Rhino Rescue Project Documentary Teaser | YouTube

"Teaser for full-length documentary on the Rhino Rescue Project".

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Not sure when the full documentary will be out.

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India: Three Arrested With Rhino Horn in Assam | OutlookIndia.com

"Three persons were arrested with a rhino horn at Thelamara area in Assam's Sonitpur district this evening.

 

Police sources said acting on a tip-off, a special police team under Tezpur Police HQ sub-inspector Pradip Gogoi conducted an operation at Thelamara area and nabbed the three identified as Abdul Haque, Kalu Seikh and Safiqul Islam"

 

 

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Vietnam: Hanoi police seize 2.1 kg of suspected rhino horns | Tuổi Trẻ news

Vietnam: Hanoi police seize 2.1 kg of suspected rhino horns | Tuổi Trẻ news | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"Police in Hanoi yesterday temporarily seized 2.15 kg of animal horns from three passengers from Doha after suspecting the horns were from rhinos, an endangered wide life species."

 

 

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US lets hunter for the first time import black rhino trophy | South China Morning Post

US lets hunter for the first time import black rhino trophy | South China Morning Post | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it

"The US is allowing a hunter to bring a slain African black rhinoceros back home, the first time officials have allowed such a trophy to be imported since the animal was listed as endangered in 1980.

 

David Reinke, 52, killed the rhino in 2009 with the blessing of the Namibian government. He argued that the killing was an act of "conservation hunting" because he was culling an elderly rhino that was unable to reproduce, but could still aggressively crowd out fertile rivals."

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Rhino poaching "relentless" in South Africa (VIDEO) | CNN/YouTube

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports on the alarming number of rhinos being killed for their horns in South Africa. For more CNN videos, visit our site at http://www...
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Last rhinos in Mozambique killed by poachers | Telegraph

Last rhinos in Mozambique killed by poachers | Telegraph | Rhinos Today | Scoop.it
The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them, it has emerged.
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