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Inniwater Festival Press Release to all media. Embargo: None for immediate release. From Rhino Buddies Inniwater fees 2012 It is with great disappointment that Rhino Buddies®, a non profit company for the preservation of Rhinos and other wild life have to announce that Rhino Buddies will not be at Inniwater fees 2012 with a sponsored awareness project. This unfortunate turn of events is the full responsibility of the Inniwater fees committee. The need of the Rhino Buddies® exhibition is 24m². Part...
Yet another rhino poaching in Kaziranga... Guwahati: A day after the Kaziranga National Park was opened for current tourist season, to the disbelief of park staff yet another carcass of rhino with missing horn was recovered on Saturday. From the possession of the poachers, the police recovered a .303 rifle and some cartridges According to the park officials, the rhino carcass was found during routine patrol in Agaratoli range of the forest. The carcass was riddled with bullets and its horn was sawn off by the...
Anti-poaching aircraft joins fight for rhino... The specially outfitted Seeker Seabird was donated by the Ichowitz Family Foundation and the Paramount Group. “This aircraft is a starting point,” said the foundation’s chairman Ivo Ichowitz. “We’re going to need to significantly bolster our capability, but also get a message to the organised crime syndicates that we are serious about this.” Ichowitz said the plane was able to fly slowly and had surveillance capability in the form of a camera fitted to its body. It could also...
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...
Texas emerging as center for illegal trade of black rhino horns...   U.S. Attorney’s office, Brooklyn This undated photo shows horns from endangered black rhinos taken from Michael Slattery, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges he used forged documents to sell horns to a New York collector for $50,000. Authorities say Slattery is associated with an Ireland-based group responsible for thefts of rhino horns across Europe. By NICK SWARTSELL Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — A taxidermy auction isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to find international intrigue....

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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