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Interpol advises on rhino poaching... Johannesburg – Countries across Africa need to work together to combat rhino poaching, says the International Police Organization (Interpol). The body also stressed that it is only through the exchange of information that the scourge can be eradicated. The United National Environmental Program (UNEP) and Interpol are assisting member countries in Africa to come up with innovative policing strategies to combat environmental crime which Interpol says is now one of the most profitable forms of organized crime. The illegal ivory...
Cops nab women linked to rhino poaching... Ingrid Oellermann, The Witness KwaZulu-Natal – Investigators have uncovered an alleged rhino poaching conspiracy involving two women, a high-powered rifle – and a hired gunman. Their target? A rhino in a KwaZulu-Natal game reserve, one of the rapidly declining population of rhinos in South Africa, as poachers bring the species to the brink of extinction. But, unbeknown to the two women, the “poacher” they procured was in fact an undercover police agent sent in after police got wind of...
Bikers donate R10 000 to Rhino Buddies...   Harley-Davidson Big Five at Riverside in Nelspruit and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (H.O.G.) donated R 10 000 rand to Rhino Buddies Non Profit Company on Friday 9 August 2013. The funds were raised with a raffle held by the Harley-Davidson Big Five in Nelspruit and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (H.O.G.). Raffle tickets were sold by the HOG members to the public in order to raised funds for Alzheimer’s South Africa, Prolife Pet Rescue and Rhino Buddies. During the...
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...
RockHard Weekend stands firm against Rhino poaching... The nature-based male sexual performance enhancer, RockHard Weekend, has taken a firm stand against poaching by supporting the awareness and fund-raising efforts of conservation group, Rhino Buddies a Non Profit Company 2012/079107/08. RockHard Weekend and Rhino Buddies — a Non Profit Company 2012/079107/08 raising funds to highlight the decimation of rhino and other wildlife through poaching — have produced “Stop poaching our rhino now!” t-shirts, bumper stickers, license disk holders and other material which will go on sale soon....

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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