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Poachers kill rhino in brazen attack... Poachers slaughtered a rhino in one of Kenya’s best guarded wildlife parks, officials said on Tuesday, in a brazen attack highlighting the risks gunmen are taking during a surge of killings. “Poachers infiltrated Lewa’s borders during the full moon on 17 November and killed Meluaya”, a 17-year-old black rhino suspected to have been heavily pregnant and with a two-year-old calf, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said in a statement. “Both horns were removed and the poachers got away with them.” Lewa’s more than...
Google Spent $5 Million on Drones to Spy on Rhino Poachers...   Thanks to Google, a fleet of drones will soar over Africa and Asia. Instead of targeting insurgents, however, they’ll be spying on poachers, and sending the data back to international conservation groups. The search giant has donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Federation, which has pioneered a drone program bent on protecting endangered species in Nepal. We recently investigated the newest and most prominent anti-poaching technology, and surveillance drones were arguably the most effective of the lot. (For...
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Plans to curb rhino poaching yielding positive results... Efforts aimed at curbing rhino poaching have started yielding positive results. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, has told a workshop in the Kruger National Park that the return to South Africa of a consignment of 33 rhino horns and a large number of elephant ivory products worth an estimated R24 million from Hong Kong was a major breakthrough. “We are also going to sign some of the remaining agreements with Mozambique, Vietnam, Thailand and several other countries...
Who is Rhino Buddies and what do we do... Rhino Buddies is a non profit organization  settled in a NON PROFIT COMPANY (N.P.C.) with registration number 2012/079107/08 set up by a group of professionals to protect all forms of wildlife. Having seen the devastation of poaching on our Rhino population and other ecological crimes in general, Rhino Buddies was formed with the aim of creating public awareness and funding to be used for investment into the preservation of all forms of wildlife. This non- profit organisation will raise awareness...
Texas emerging as center for illegal trade of black rhino horns...   U.S. Attorney’s office, Brooklyn This undated photo shows horns from endangered black rhinos taken from Michael Slattery, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges he used forged documents to sell horns to a New York collector for $50,000. Authorities say Slattery is associated with an Ireland-based group responsible for thefts of rhino horns across Europe. By NICK SWARTSELL Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — A taxidermy auction isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to find international intrigue....

A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Rhino Buddies out there!...

  A blessed Christmas and a Happy new year to all the Rhino Buddies out there! Thank you Dr. Jack Swanepoel for this picture from the & Beyond collection. Posted from WordPress for Black...

Rhino Poachers In South Africa Set Terrible New Record...

Poachers in South Africa reached a milestone in 2013 when they killed more than 1,000 rhinos for their horns. The harrowing benchmark is a new record for poaching in the African nation. It represents more than a 50 percent increase from the year before, Reuters reports. South Africa is home to the majority of the world’s rhino population, so mass killings of this volume is a dire warning for conservationists, the outlet notes. The black rhino is considered “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the white rhino is classified as “near threatened.” Both subspecies live in South Africa. The drastic rise in rhino deaths has been tied to skyrocketing demand in Asia for the creatures’ horns. Prized for its status as well as its alleged medicinal value, ground up rhino horn is sold as a cure for everything from cancer to diabetes at prices up to $100,000 per kilogram. Vietnam has proved to have a particularly insatiable demand for the powder, which was reportedly linked to the recovery of a cancer-stricken official, Smithsonian magazine notes. In an effort to stop poachers, South Africa has turned its park service rangers into soldiers and has even deployed members of the armed forces to the hard-hit rhino habitat of Kruger National Park, the Telegraph reports. Although more than 300 suspected poachers were arrested last year, the criminal operations use sophisticated tactics and resources to elude law...

Eleven poachers killed in Kruger

Johannesburg – Eleven rhino poachers have been killed in the Kruger National Park (KNP) since the beginning of the year, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Tuesday. Seven of them were killed on Friday and Saturday, SANParks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said in a statement. Four hunting rifles, ammunition, poaching equipment and a pair of horns were seized. The poachers were killed by park rangers and members of the SA National Defence Force, in an attempt to curb rhino poaching in the park, Thakhuli said. “They (poachers) operate in groups of four to six and are aggressive and engage and shoot at the rangers on sight, creating a daily life-threatening situation.” Thakhuli said two other poachers were arrested and eight firearms were seized in January. “Up to 15 heavily armed groups operate in the KNP at any given time, especially during the full moon period,” he said. Forty rhino have been killed in the KNP in the past year. “This has brought more resolve from the Rangers’ Corps to double their efforts to keep the species alive,” he said. Ranger commander Maj-Gen Johan Jooste said he was optimistic about the park’s long term poaching prevention strategy. He said that poaching incidents in the park had decreased from 72.6 percent in 2012 to 42.6 percent in 2013, and that 123 people were arrested in connection with poaching activities in 2013. “It is now up to the prosecuting teams, investigators and the (SA Police Service) to conclude what we have started,” Jooste said. Sapa     A file photo of a black rhinoceros and her calf walk in Tanzania’s Serengeti park....

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