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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...
Helicopters versus drones: The cost of the war on rhinos... Using military-grade helicopters, night-vision equipment and guns fitted with stealth silencers, organized crime syndicates are taking rhino poaching to a whole new level and conservation parks are struggling to keep up. Sabi Sand — South Africa’s oldest private game reserve — is now spending half of its annual maintenance budget on security to protect the endangered rhino. Sabi Sand conservationist Andrew Parker told CNN that defense costs could become “unaffordable.” There’s no question we’re fighting a counter insurgency war here....
Eight arrested for Rhino Poaching... Eight men have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching in North West, the province’s conservation and tourism spokeswoman Dumisa Seshabela said on Monday. Two were caught in Botsalano Game Reserve on Friday after they were found in possession of a rifle and a small firearm and could not produce licences for the weapons. Their vehicle had also been reported stolen. The other six were taken into custody last month after they were caught in Potchefstroom along the N12...
Rapidly approaching tipping point where deaths may exceed births... The International Union for Conservation of Nature says the rhino poaching crisis is consistently increasing in countries such as South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (SABC) The International Union for Conservation of Nature says South Africa alone is projected to lose close to 1000 rhinos by the end of this year. Addressing the Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice at Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal, Midlands, the union’s Dr Richard Emslie says Vietnam has been the world’s leading rhino horn consumer since...
Latest Stats The poaching statistics released this week is painting a very dark picture for the future of the Rhino in South...
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...

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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