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International drone challenge to combat rhino poaching... The Wildlife Conservation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge (WCUAVC) is a worldwide competition to design a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone, specifically to combat Rhino poaching in South Africa’s National Parks and game reserves. The Challenge, and the winning drone’s goal is to provide a tool that will, at an affordable price, be able to help in the fight against Rhino poaching, by applying the latest UAV technology to the unique environment that is the African bush. The...
Ben Kruger doing it for the Rhino!... Ben Kruger’s  “So Good” Potjiekos Challenge supported by Crown National.   “One man, three charities, twelve hours and forty recipes” is the way in which Ben Kruger describes his new challenge. On 29 June he is going to attempt to make forty different recipes in just twelve hours without any help.   The challenge will happen at the Innibos Festival terrain and many of Ben’s friends form the music and entertainment industries are going to be there to provide...
Conservation group backs killing rare rhino for cash... Can it ever be right to auction a licence to shoot a seriously endangered animal like the black rhino? The Dallas Safari Club, a hunters’ group based in Texas, did just that last weekend, despite protests from animal rights activists. New Scientist has learned that the club had backing from world’s largest association of conservation scientists, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The IUCN says the killing could increase rhino reproduction in the herd. Late last year, two specialist IUCN groups...
DEADLINE FOR ANTI RHINO POACHING SUGGESTIONS IS 7 FEBRUARY... The deadline for submitting anti rhino poaching suggestions is on Friday 7 February. Organisations that want to help fight rhino poaching need to submit their suggestions  on anti-poaching strategies in time.  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has urged all its partners to review South Africa’s current strategy after 86 of the endangered animals were killed in January alone.  Last year was the worst on record, with 1 004 rhinos killed.  “The aim of this review process is to identify...

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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