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199 - So many Rhino lost!

199 - So many Rhino lost! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

199 Rhino (on record) lost to poachers since the beginning of 2012 [04-30-12]

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 30, 2012 12:43 PM
The numbers keep climbing.... Grr!
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Quandary over What to do with Rhino Horns found in Library Attic

MOUNTED rhino horns worth thousands of pounds on the black market are being kept in a secret location after being found, forgotten, in Jedburgh library’s attic, writes Sally Gillespie.

 

Eleven sets of horns, including two of rhinos from Africa, were discovered “extremely dirty and in poor condition” last year - and may have lain in the loft for more than 80 years said SBC area curator Shona Sinclair....

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South Africa: World Wildlife Fund Unhappy With Delays in Rhino Poaching Case

Windhoek — The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is unhappy about the latest delays in the South African rhino poachers' court case.

 

"The WWF is as impatient as the majority of the public about the delays in the process but we respect that justice has to follow its course," WWF-South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Morné du Plessis, said. In a statement released last week the WWF said the case against suspected rhino poaching kingpin Dawie Groenewald, his wife and their alleged co-accused has been postponed to October 19, 2012.

 

According to the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the delay is to give the defence more time to finalise their application for further particulars on the charges. The accused appeared in the Musina Magistrate's Court in Limpopo last Wednesday. They face hundreds of charges under South Africa's Biodiversity Act, Medicines and Related Substances Act and the Act on the Prevention of Organized Crime.

 

The eleven suspects are believed to have killed 20 rhinos and are accused of illegal hunting, weapons and permit violations, illegally trading rhino horn, as well as fraud, racketeering and money laundering. "A high level of criminal sophistication was required to orchestrate the killing of these rhinos, but this case demonstrates that no one is above the law. The world is watching and waiting for justice to be served," the head of WWF's African Rhino Programme, Dr Joseph Okori, said. The carcasses of 20 rhinos were found buried on Groenewald's property in late 2010. The rhinos were missing their horns, which are of high value on the black market in Asia, particularly Vietnam. Groenewald and his wife operate a safari tour company and according to investigators, they are said to be the masterminds behind the killings. Other suspects in the case include veterinarians and veterinary assistants, professional hunters and a helicopter pilot....

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, May 3, 2012 3:27 AM
I would have hoped that the WWF would not be the only ones not impressed with SA's efforts!
Wildlife Margrit's comment, May 3, 2012 9:07 AM
Good point there morlyn.lyn!
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Pressure from environmental advocacy groups inspired China to act. Huge successes. Now for Vietnam.

Pressure from environmental advocacy groups inspired China to act.  Huge successes.  Now for Vietnam. | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

"(Xinhua) Police uncover 700 illegal wildlife trade cases


Released: 2012-04-28 14:36

 

BEIJING - Police uncovered more than 700 cases of illegal wildlife trade during a recent crackdown on websites and antique markets that openly traded in animal products from endangered species, the State Forestry Administration said Saturday.


Around 100,000 police officers were sent to inspect 5,962 markets during the crackdown, the dates of which have not been revealed by authorities. They busted 13 gangs, punished 1,031 illegal traders, seized over 130,000 wild animals and 2,000 animal products worth nearly seven million yuan ($1.11 million), according to a statement posted on the administration's website.


Police officers also shut down 7,155 high-street shops and 628 websites selling banned animals and removed 1,607 related online messages, it added.
Illegal wildlife trade has been rampant in some parts of the country in recent years, triggering complaints from domestic and foreign wildlife advocacy groups.


The recent crackdown helped protect wildlife resources, clean up the Internet environment and ensure normal market order, according to the statement."

 

Keep reporting every site still selling Rhino Horn (Vietnamese: tê giác sừng) to Interpol.

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China State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Develop Worldwide Markets and Research | PRLog

China State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Develop Worldwide Markets and Research. Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Worldwide boom. China will spend over 1 billion US $ establishing a TCM trade and management systems.
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Call to deny bail in rhino crime cases | IOL.co.za

Call to deny bail in rhino crime cases | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

“The rhinos didn’t stand a chance. Why should they?”

That was the hard-hitting view of anti-poaching and rhino trade activist Stella Stewart, one of 20 like-minded protesters who gathered outside the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thuesday.

 

The protesters, representing about a dozen civil society and rhino-activist groups, were calling for the court to deny bail to three men accused of dealing in and possession of rhino horn....

 

Brian Sandberg, regional co-ordinator and spokesman of the United Rhino Network, under whose banner the protesters had gathered, said an online petition had been launched last week, calling on courts to deny bail to all accused in major rhino crimes.

 

“In rhino crimes, due to the complex web of related parties and transactions, when any key accused are released on bail, they are able to tamper with evidence and frustrate further investigations”, he said....

 

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Many thanks to Brian for organizing this and to Peggy for representing Nikela by carrying a poster.

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Three men in court for rhino horns

Three men in court for rhino horns | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A fruit and vegetable vendor, a Transnet employee and a driving school owner told the Durban Magistrate's Court on Thursday they intended fighting allegations of dealing in rhino horns.

 

Lawyers for Rajendran Moodley, Sithembiso Luthuli and Samgelo Sibiya said their clients intended to plead not guilty to the two charges that each man faced. The three were applying for bail....

 

Each man faces one charge of dealing in rhino horn and another of illegal possession of rhino horn.

A group of about 20 people protested outside the court, displaying banners reading: “Stop killing our rhinos” and “Mzansi says no bail”.

 

The bail hearing is expected to continue on Thursday afternoon. – Sapa

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Legalising rhino horn trade in focus | IOL.co.za

Legalising rhino horn trade in focus | IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Almost two rhinos a day are being poached in South Africa for their horns, which are worth more than their weight in gold.

 

This surge in rhino killings has coincided with a rise in elephant poaching for ivory across the continent and reignited debate about whether or not the trade in the commodities these animals are being killed for should be opened up....

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Tributes for Operation Rhino hero - IOL.co.za

Tributes for Operation Rhino hero - IOL.co.za | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Toni Harthoorn, a pioneering wildlife veterinarian who helped to develop a “miracle drug” to immobilise and ultimately rescue Africa’s white rhinos from extinction, died in Pretoria this week. He was 89....

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 26, 2012 4:09 AM
What an amazing man he must have been. I am sure that he will rest well in heaven after doing a job well done. R.I.P. Toni x
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 26, 2012 6:15 PM
Agreed morlyn.lyn. Sadly his "miracle drug" is now being used to kill the very rhino he so diligently worked to save.
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R570 000 raised to stop rhino poaching

R570 000 raised to stop rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
R570 000 was raised towards the training of tracker dogs that will assist in anti rhino poaching efforts in The Wild/Parlotones/Jacaranda FM auction.
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Defence gets more time in poaching case

The case involving 11 people charged with allegedly dehorning rhinos and selling the horns without a permit in Limpopo has been postponed as the defence team gets more time.
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Surviving Rhino Thandi Progress Report - Good News!

Surviving Rhino Thandi Progress Report - Good News! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

THANDI [Photo brotherssafaris.blogspot.com]


UPDATE TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2012 16H00

 

This is the report sent to us from Dr Fowlds describing the events of yesterday 23 April 2012

 

"Yesterday, day 53, Thandi was magnificent. In spite of so many positive signs since her previous procedure on day 33, its impossible to tell whats really going on underneath the bed of scabs and granulating tissue until we actually get a hands-on assessment done.

 

We gathered at the Kariega gate knowing that she was less than two kilometres from us. As always, we talked through everyone tasks, the first one being to see if we could immobilise her out in the open to make all our jobs so much easier. Grant from Aptrac once again did a magnificent job of steering her with the chopper while the drugs kicked on, and to my relief she went down on open ground yet again.

 

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp once again flew down from the Vet Faculty in Pretoria, courtesy of Supervet, to head up the surgical aspects of the procedure and we were assisted by groups of reserve staff, rangers, volunteers and film crew. Once her anaesthetic was stable, Dr Steenkamp assessed her wounds and to our absolute relief found her progress to be advancing very well. The best news is that there were no signs of infection or maggots and her face, as painful and tortured as it still looks, is progressing better than we expected it to.

 

A fantastic amount of new tissue has completely occupied the large holes hacked into the top of her skull where her frontal sinuses had been exposed. For the first time she no longer has holes through her head where they were not supposed to be. This is a significant milestone as we were not sure in the early days if we were going to be able to find a way to close up these gaping holes. In terms of restoring her dignity, this sort of progress gives us such a sense of relief of what is now possible.

 

Where there had been large slabs of exposed bone, she now only has three small areas left as well as an exposed ridge of bone. Dr Steenkamp operated on these areas and removed a substantial amount of dead bony tissue but noticeably less than he had done so previously. The new tissue bed that is being formed is still a long way from being the protective layer she requires, but it’s a fine beginning for just under two months of recovery.

 

The attending ground team kept shifting her body position to keep her muscular circulation going while the rest of the team, worked for just over forty minutes on her. Twenty injections and the standard set of blood samples which Idexx will process for us again, and we all retreated to stand in silence behind the arrangement of vehicles parked nearby. For those that were seeing her for the first time, the outward appearance of her face is still a shocking sight to behold, probably in part because its such a graphic reminder of how disgusting the act of poaching is. But for those privileged to have witnessed her battle to stay alive and her determined journey towards recovery, we see so much more now than the shape of a tortured rhino . Underneath that proud outline, in spite of her violated face, we see a soul and a heart the size of a mountain.

 

What comes next is always the best part of my job, but Thandi’s circumstances make her recovery from the anaesthetic drugs so much more moving and special. Within a few minutes after the anti-dote, she rose calmly to her feet. This is that breathtaking moment which confirms that she has come through, she is ok and she is out of danger.

 

After weeks of concern for her internal circumstances, the apprehension of yet another procedure and its associated risks, there comes the confirmation that all is well. As we stood there in respectful silence, our profiles blending into those of the surrounding vehicles, the wind blowing gently through the trees, we watched her rise, and with her rose our spirits. I felt like we should be giving her a standing ovation. I wanted to run out from behind our cover and applaud her for the magnificent fighter that she is. I felt like shouting, “well done Thandi, you magnificent thing, you go you beautiful girl”.

- Will Fowld

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Lyn du Plessis's comment, April 25, 2012 3:00 AM
Dr Fowlds, the Kariega Team and the Vets involved are heroes. Thandi is the greatest hero of all. So happy to hear that everything is going well x
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 25, 2012 10:52 AM
Totally agree morlyn.lyn!
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Stats: Rhino illegally Poached vs. Rhino legally Hunted!

Stats: Rhino illegally Poached vs. Rhino legally Hunted! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 24, 2012 12:23 PM
Thansk Trevor... and for the rescoop.
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199 Not 185 Rhino Dead! OSCAP Stats

199 Not 185 Rhino Dead! OSCAP Stats | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

2012 Rhino Poaching statistics: 185 (latest update now stands at 199 DEA confirmed)

http://www.oscap.co.za/

 

 

(185) 25 April 2012: 1 Rhino Lower Sabi 1 Skukuza
(183) 22 April 2012: 2 White Rhino cows shot and dehorned Gravelot area.
(181) 19 April 2012: DEA UPDATE KNP 111 (8), LIMPOPO 25(2)
(174) 16 April 2012: 1 Black Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, KZN
(173) 15 April 2012: 2 Rhino carcasses found between Malelane and Biyamit KNP few days old
(171) 13 April 2012: DEA UPDATE
(168) 12 April 2012: 1 Rhino shot (2 days ago) found yesterday Koster, NW Province
(167) 11 April 2012: UPDATE NWCRU
(165) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino Pretoriuskop are KNP
(164) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Gravelot area
(163) 10 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Gravelot area (dehorned rhino poached)
(162) 08 April 2012: 1 Rhino - Pilansberg area (2 day old carcass)
(161) 08 April 2012: 1 Rhino Cow - calf survived Rankiins Pass area, Modimole, Limpopo
(160) 04 April 2012: 1 Rhino Malelane area
(159) 04 April 2012: UPDATE
(150) 29 March 2012: DEA STATS UPDATE
(138) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino shot dead near Phalaborwa in KNP
(137) 25 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Themba died 23 days after being poached at Kariega
(136) 20 March 2012: 1 Rhino Gravelote area, Limpopo
(135) 19 March 2012; DEA STATS UPDATE
(121) 15 March 2012: 1 Rhino, Nietverdien, NW - shot and dehorned.
(120) 13 March 2012: 1 Rhino Waneen, Kzn
(119) 12 March 2012: 3 Rhino - near Hluhluwe in KZN (+1 calf injured)
(116) 11 March 2012: 7 rhino Southern Region of KNP
(109)10 March 2012: 1 Rhino Crocodile River area, KNP
(108)08 March 2012 : 8 rhino's: 3 Malelane, 3 Biyamiti and 2 at Tshokwane
(100)06 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino Pilansberg NP- shot approx 5 days ago & not dehorned
(99) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino Ohrigstad (pregnant cow)
(98) 06 March 2012 : 1 Rhino (Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP)
(97) 06 March 2012 : 2 Rhino Crocodile River Bridge area
(95) 05 March 2012 : 1 Black Rhino - 3 day old carcass Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilansberg
(94) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino(pregnant cow) Origstad - shot horns not removed
(93) 05 March 2012 : 1 Rhino carcass found in Matjulu area near Berg-en-dal, KNP
(92) 02 March 2012 : 3 rhino's KNP N'Wanetsi area
(89) 02 March 2012 : 2 white rhino carcasses found 1 week old Vryburg North West
(87) 01 March 2012 : 2 rhino's Malalane at John Hume's game reserve
(85) 01 March 2012: 1 Rhino - Waneen, Kzn
(84) 29 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Kariega, (2 dehorned but still alive)
(83) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found Mopani area near Letaba KNP
(81) 28 FEbruary 2012 : 3 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(78) 28 February 2012 : 2 Rhino found near Pretoriuskop, KNP
(76) 25 February 2012 : 1 Rhino carcas found near Crocodile Bridge area, KNP
(75) 23 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino, Assen, NW
(74) 22 February 2012 : 5 Rhino carcasses - KNP (some of the carcasses are at least 1 month)
(69) 20 February 2012 : 1 Rhino Thanda Game Reserve, KZN
(68) 19 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Mpofini lodge Vryheid
(66) 17 February 2012 : 1 Rhino KNP - awaiting confirmation of location
(65) 17 Feburary 2012 : 1 White Rhino Borakolalo Game Reserve (had to be put down)
(64) 15 February 2012 : 1 White rhino (1 month old carcass), Pilanesberg,NP
(63) 15 February 2012 : 2 carcass found Manyeleti, KNP
(61) 14 February 2012 : 8 carcasses found KNP
(53) 13 February 2012 : 2 Rhino Chicks Game Lodge Hluhluwe
(51) 12 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe White Rhino Bull both horns taken
(50) 10 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe white bull
(49) 09 February 2012 : 3 Letsitele, Limpopo - Pregnant mother and calf(unborn baby added below
(47) 08 Februrary 2012: 1 Ndumo
(46) 08 February 2012 : 2 iMfolozi
(44) 07 February 2012 : 1 White Rhino Bull - Hoedspruit - private reserve
(43) 06 February 2012 : 1 Rhino bull Thabazimbi-Rooiberg area
(42) 06 February 2012 : 1 Carcass found KNP (poached Sat probably) - North of Letaba
(41) 06 February 2012 : 1 Madikwe - Black Rhino
(40) 26 January 2012 : 2 Limpopo Province - Waterberg area
(38) 26 January 2012 : 2 North West Province (to be confirmed)
(36) 19 January 2012 : 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown
(35) 16 January 2912 : 3 White Rhino Rooiberg area
(32) 16 January 2012 : 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous - Farm Bergsig
(31) 15 January 2012 : 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass
(29) 13 January 2012 : 4 KNP - Pretoriuskop area
(25) 11 January 2012 : 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg
(20) 11 January 2012 : 3 Rhino - KNP
(17) 09 January 2012 : 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi
(14) 09/10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge + 1 other area to be confirmed)
(5) 04 January 2012 : 4 KNP Satara area
(1) 04 January 2012 : 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo

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Policeman and game warden killed in rhino poaching gun battle

A police constable and a ranger were shot dead at the weekend during an operation to track rhino poachers in South Africa's Kruger Park game reserve.
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SA Laws that Protect Wildlife [Rhino]

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VIDEO: HSTC Anti-poaching rangers get trained

Anti- Poaching For Rhinos get trained
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Cinco De Rhino

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It's no mystery that every rhino species is under threat of extinction. Black Market medicinal trade in Rhino horn has inflated the rhino's value higher than gold at over $65000 a pound. With the promise of so much money ...
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Prince William: 'Wildlife poaching in Africa must stop'

Prince William: 'Wildlife poaching in Africa must stop' | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Prince William has given a passionate speech urging more to be done to protect African wildlife at the UK premiere of the film African Cats.
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SA in spotlight in war against rhino poachers

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THE world is watching South Africa to see that justice is served on rhino poachers, World Wide Fund for Nature rhino expert Joseph Okori said on Wednesday.

 

This was after the Musina Magistrate’s Court case against 11 people accused of involvement in the crime was postponed for a fourth time.....

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Immediate help needed: Rhino chopper grounded

The much touted and highly successful method of using helicopters to fight rhino poaching will come to an end on Monday unless new sponsors are found to support the programme.
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Tyler Texas girl raising money for African wildlife conservation trip

Tyler Texas girl raising money for African wildlife conservation trip | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
20-year-old TJC student Cameron McDow is raising money every way she can to fund a trip to a wild game reserve in South Africa. There, she'll work with and help animals like white rhinos and lions.
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Experts say Hawks bill won't pass

The draft bill on the Hawks fails to give the unit the independence the Constitutional Court demanded in a landmark judgment last year, law expert Pierre de Vos has told MPs.
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Rhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being born - Toronto Star

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Toronto StarRhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being bornToronto StarErin Conway-Smith Global Post South Africa's rhinos are being poached at record rates, their horns trafficked to Asia to be ground up and used in an attempt to treat...

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 24, 2012 12:27 PM
thanks for this great curation... between yours and mine we should get some of this important information broadcast rather well.
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 26, 2012 6:16 PM
Appreciate you picking up this story. Definitely an eye opener.
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Vietnamese man held with rhino horns

Johannesburg, April 24 —

25-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested when he was trying to leave the country with three rhino horns, authorities said Monday.

 

The customs officers at the OR Tambo International Airport found the horns Sunday when they were searching his bags, the SA Revenue Service (SARS) said.

 

The horns weighed about 13.9 kg in total and had an estimated street value of 7.5 million rands (about $900,000), Xinhua reported.

 

The man had travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested, SARS spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

 

There has been a growing demand for rhino horn in Vietnam where it is a luxury item, used as a post-partying cleanser and a purported cancer cure. But there is no scientific proof for this.

 

About 180 rhinos were poached this year in South Africa, according to wildlife officials. The government has appealed to the public to assist in fighting rhino poaching.

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