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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 investigating. The poaching of rhinos for their horns has reached unprecedented levels. While 10 years ago, a mere 25 rhinos were poached, the number poached in 2013 reached an unbelievable 946 in South Africa with 85 taking place in KZN. Mntambo did, however, confirmed 63 arrests were made in KZN last year with a total of 330...

Worsening Rhino war Strains Countries’ Relations


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The growing incursion of rhino poachers from Mozambique into South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park is beginning to strain relations between the two countries. South African security operatives trying to stem the relentless killing of the enigmatic animals speak of it as a “border war”. They are getting increasingly fed-up with Mozambique’s security agencies for not doing more to clamp down on the poachers and the rhino-horn smugglers on their side of the boundary. Major General Johan Jooste, a veteran soldier from southern Africa’s bush-war era who was appointed late last year to head up the military, police and game-ranger units fighting the poachers in the park, reverts to the military terms of “insurgency” and “counter-insurgency” to describe the situation. He says the rhino poaching is one of the worst crises in the more than a century of the park’s existence. 
South African National Parks (SANParks) chief executive David Mabunda has called it a “war situation”, with the   boundary between Kruger and Mozambique proving to be “the weakest line of defence against incursions”. With between 8,000 and 10,000 white rhinos and about a thousand black rhinos, Kruger National Park is home to the majority of South Africa’s estimated 18,000 white and 2,000 black rhino populations. At the rate that the animals are getting killed it is feared that both types, but in particular the more critically endangered black species, could be headed for extinction in a few decades’ time.
 Already 180 rhinos have been killed in the park since the beginning of the year, against a national total of 249. It is now feared the figure for 2013 could end up even exceeding last year’s horrendous toll of 668, of which Kruger Park accounted for 425. Poachers Killed in Fire Fights with Rangers According to SANParks, 30 of the 36 suspected poachers apprehended in Kruger Park so far this year turned out to be Mozambicans. Eleven of the 36 were killed in fire-fights with the security forces and the rest were arrested. The rising casualty rate bears out the extent to which it is starting to resemble a war situation. Jooste insists the basic purpose remains to arrest suspects, in line with the normal rules of law enforcement. But the poachers generally seem to have military training. They come heavily armed and are quite willing to engage in fire-fights. Unlike the park’s security personnel, they are not bound by any rules of engagement. And that, Jooste says, makes it an unequal and dangerous situation for the rangers. Further stacking the odds against the anti-poaching units is the vastness of the 20,000-square-kilometer (7,700-square-mile)...

South African rhino poaching deaths nears 1,000

  South Africa  has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for their horns, according to the environment ministry. “The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 946,” the ministry said in a statement. Asian demand for rhino horn – prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties – has fueled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals. In 2007 only 13 rhinoceros were reported hunted illegally in South Africa, but since then the numbers have increased exponentially every year. The toll stood at 668 in 2012, making 2013 the deadliest year on record for rhinos. South Africa has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for their horns, according to the environment ministry. “The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 946,” the ministry said in a statement. Asian demand for rhino horn – prized as a status symbol and wrongly thought to possess medicinal properties – has fuelled an ever more intense onslaught on the animals. In 2007 only 13 rhinoceros were reported hunted illegally in South Africa, but since then the numbers have increased exponentially every year.   The toll stood at 668 in 2012, making 2013 the deadliest year on record for rhinos Photo: ALAMY...

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...

White Rhino, mother love!

Our future rhino depends on babies to grow up and have babies of their own! Like what we see now of the mother and calf in a rhino sanctuary! On this forum we would welcome suggestions and ideas how to ensure the survival of this species! Please share your idea, even if you might think it to be to stupid to share! It might just be the breakthrough we need or plant the seed with somebody else in order to save our rhino from...

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