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Rhinos to get microchips in horns as Kenya fights poachers... By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor Conservationists in Kenya are to implant microchips in the horns of the country’s rhinos in its fight against increasingly sophisticated poachers. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said it will use the chips along with DNA records to track the country’s dwindling rhino population, which is thought to be around 1,000. It hopes the technology will protect living rhinos – and also provide evidence when it comes to bringing poachers to justice in court....
Seized money to fight rhino poaching... Johannesburg – The Asset Forfeiture Unit has handed R8.1 million to SANParks’s environmental crime investigation unit (ECIU), the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday. “The money will be solely directed by SANparks to enhance and support their ranger corps capabilities with much needed equipment, training and advanced technology for their counter-poaching operations,” said spokesman Nathi Mncube. The High Court in Pretoria found that the money came from the proceeds of illegal rhino poaching by an alleged syndicate leader, Joseph...
PHASA SETS VALUE OF RHINO LOST TO POACHINGAT OVER A BILLION RAND... November 2013 – The economic cost of rhino poached in South Africa between 2008 and 2013 is around R1.1 billion, says the Professional Hunting Association of South Africa (PHASA). Speaking at the first ever Biodiversity Economy Indaba taking place in Polokwane, PHASA chief executive Adri Kitshoff says that this figure was based exclusively on the average species fee for rhino over the five year period and therefore the total economic loss to the country, had these rhinos been hunted legally,...
RockHard Weekend stands firm against Rhino poaching... The nature-based male sexual performance enhancer, RockHard Weekend, has taken a firm stand against poaching by supporting the awareness and fund-raising efforts of conservation group, Rhino Buddies a Non Profit Company 2012/079107/08. RockHard Weekend and Rhino Buddies — a Non Profit Company 2012/079107/08 raising funds to highlight the decimation of rhino and other wildlife through poaching — have produced “Stop poaching our rhino now!” t-shirts, bumper stickers, license disk holders and other material which will go on sale soon....
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...
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...

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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