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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....
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...
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...
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...
Bikers donate R10 000 to Rhino Buddies...   Harley-Davidson Big Five at Riverside in Nelspruit and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (H.O.G.) donated R 10 000 rand to Rhino Buddies Non Profit Company on Friday 9 August 2013. The funds were raised with a raffle held by the Harley-Davidson Big Five in Nelspruit and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (H.O.G.). Raffle tickets were sold by the HOG members to the public in order to raised funds for Alzheimer’s South Africa, Prolife Pet Rescue and Rhino Buddies. During the...
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...

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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