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Rhino killed in Mkhuze   First 2014 rhino poaching death . ANDREW CORNEW | 9 January 2014 12:23 THE new year has barely started and already the first rhino killing has taken place in Zululand. An adult white rhino was found dead at uMkhuze Game Reserve on Tuesday after being shot and de-horned, reported Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Communications Officer Musa Mntambo. ‘The rhino was executed about three days prior to the body being discovered,’ Mntambo said. Members of the SAPS Organised Crime Unit are...
Fact File : White Rhinoceros: Ceratotherium simum...       Subspecies: – Northern white rhino, C. s. cottoni (endangered) – Southern white rhino, C. s. simum Characteristics Weight and Height males: wt 448-4972 lb (2040-2260 kg), ht 68-73 in (171-186 cm) females: wt 3520 lb (1600 kg), ht 66-71 in (165-178 cm) Horns Front horn is typically the largest (24 in [60 cm]); the rear horn is much shorter than front horn and is a triangular shape. Females’ horns are generally longer than males’. Color slate...
Rhino poaching survivor pregnant... A rhino which survived an attack by poachers in the Eastern Cape has fallen pregnant, the Kariega Game Reserve, outside Port Elizabeth, said on Monday. The pregnancy of the rhino, named Thandi, came as people remembered former President Mandela, a man of hope, said the reserve’s general manager Alan Weyer. “As a nation and as individuals, we will forever be inspired by his strength and courage in the fight for what is right,” he said. Weyer said the pregnancy...
Rhino deaths spiral out of control!... A staggering high of 860 rhino were poached since the beginning of the year. Kruger National park has been hit the hardest where 521 of 860 were lost! In spite of the high number of rhino lost in Kruger National Park the authorities also had huge successes with counter poaching actions where poachers were killed and arrested. In some case even high calibre poaching rifles confiscated. This just in form SANParks face book page. South African National Parks 2...
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...
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....

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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