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Rapidly approaching tipping point where deaths may exceed births... The International Union for Conservation of Nature says the rhino poaching crisis is consistently increasing in countries such as South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (SABC) The International Union for Conservation of Nature says South Africa alone is projected to lose close to 1000 rhinos by the end of this year. Addressing the Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice at Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal, Midlands, the union’s Dr Richard Emslie says Vietnam has been the world’s leading rhino horn consumer since...
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...
Rhino poacher sentenced to 6 years... JOHANNESBURG – South African National Parks (SANParks) says it hopes the sentencing of a rhino poacher to six years behind bars in Limpopo will send a strong message to other rhino killers. Musa Simango and two of his accomplices were cornered by a ranger in the Kruger National Park in October. One of the suspects was killed in a shootout while another managed to escape. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Mozambican national was found guilty of attempted rhino poaching, unlawful possession of ammunition and...
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...
Run 4 Rhino Potjiekos Kompetisie Reels / Competition Rules... Potjiekos Kompetisie Reëls / Competition Rules 1. 4 Mense per span / 4 Persons per team . 2. Alle voorbereiding (sny van groente, marinering van vleis, ens) moet op die terrein gedoen word. /All preparations (cutting of vegetables, marinating of meat, etc.) must be done on the terrain. 3. ‘n Lys van bestandele en die resepmetode moet beskikbaar wees vir die beoordelaars se inspeksie. / A list of ingredients as well as recipe must be there for the judges to...
Helicopters versus drones: The cost of the war on rhinos... Using military-grade helicopters, night-vision equipment and guns fitted with stealth silencers, organized crime syndicates are taking rhino poaching to a whole new level and conservation parks are struggling to keep up. Sabi Sand — South Africa’s oldest private game reserve — is now spending half of its annual maintenance budget on security to protect the endangered rhino. Sabi Sand conservationist Andrew Parker told CNN that defense costs could become “unaffordable.” There’s no question we’re fighting a counter insurgency war here....

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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