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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...
Rhino poaching increasing Rhino poaching increasing RHINO POACHING INCREASING 07-8-2013 Pretoria – The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has reached 553, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbs to 148. The Department of Environmental Affairs said since the beginning of the year, 65 alleged poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park, while 30 have been arrested in Mpumalanga and another 30 in KwaZulu-Natal. In the past week, 11 poached rhino were...
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 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...
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...

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)...

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