The rhino poaching war rages on, and those that offer their lives, their skills, or their support are in it for the long haul. Since 2012, the Rhino Conservation Awards have been held annually, honouring those that put themselves between Africa’s rhinos and those who seek their destruction.
In South Africa, domestic trade of rhinoceros horn, forbidden since 2008, is about to become legal again. On April 7 2017, a court effectively overturned the national ban. This controversial move was welcomed by commercial rhino breeders, who argue that legalising safe, sustainable horn removal from living animals could prevent wild rhino poaching. But animal preservation groups have warned that any legal trade would have the opposite effect.
On the 1st of May, 23 year old game ranger Daniel Fenton, from Ngala Private game reserve in South Africa, started his 922km walk from Phinda Private Nature Reserve in Kwazulu Natal to Botswana’s Ramatlabama Border gate. The 45-day walk will raise awareness for his campaign “Hope for Horns” which was established to help ”Rhinos Without Boarders”. His campaign will be running alongside “Our Horn is NOT Medicine” who’s message focuses on Rhino horn not being a medicine.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
East Africa's largest black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy announced that northern white rhino Suni was found dead on Friday. Suni was one of the four northern whites residing on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. He was born 34 years ago at the Dvůr Králové Zoo as the first-ever northern white rhino to be born in captivity. Together with one other male and two females, he was translocated from the zoo to Ol Pejeta in 2009.
The DA will submit Parliamentary questions to the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, requesting clarity on cross-boarder hot pursuits operations, with respect to rhino poaching, between the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Mozambique. This follows revelations by the National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, that conservation operations between the two countries have supposedly been underway for some time.
South Africa’s largest rhino farmer and pro-trade protagonist, John Hume, experienced a major setback in the past two months on his farm Elandslaagte because of an outbreak of blackquarter among his 1000 rhinos, which killed 35 of them.
(Nairobi, Kenya). A Kenyan grassroots initiative, 'Walk With Rangers' has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, one Mr. Corey Knowlton cough up a staggering $ 350,000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.
Friday, 20 September 2013
The poaching of rhinos in South Africa has increased by more than three rhinos a week on average since Environmental Minister Edna Molewa called for a legal international trade in rhino horn, according to analysis by the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
Nanyuki, Kenya - As the triennial Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) drew to a close last week in Bangkok, and after conservationists all around the world sounded the alarm on rhino poaching, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy lost a female black rhino to poachers.
Environmentalists are today calling for trade sanctions against Vietnam for its failure to take action against its massive illegal trade in rhino horn. The 177 nations currently Party to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Bangkok are discussing measures to counter the intensive poaching of rhinos around the world, but particularly in South Africa where nearly 1,500 rhinos have been poached in the past three years.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa on Friday (25 January 2013) published the Biodiversity Management Plan for black rhinoceros (Diceros icornis) in Government Gazette No. 36096 for implementation. The gazetting of the Management Plan is in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), 2004 and was developed in accordance with the National Norms and Standards for the Development of Biodiversity Management Plans for Species (BMP-S) published in 2009.
Over the past few years there has been a shocking increase in rhino poaching for their horns. The horrific figures of rampant poaching indicate the urgent need for proactive and preventative measures to fight the current severe poaching threat. On 20 December 2012, AFB Hoedspruit conducted the DNA sampling and Chemical Treatment of Rhinoceros Horns. AFB Hoedspruit was assisted by Lt Col Phillip Oosthuizen who initiated the project, Protract, Rhino Rescue Project who sponsored the treatment, the Green Kids, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Veterinary Doctor Dr Van Niekerk and the Directorate Animal Health SAMHS.
Isiolo, Kenya – In the past week, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy suffered the demoralizing loss of four rhinos to poachers. Two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were slaughtered, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals. In a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals, these incidents are a devastating blow to conservation efforts and show the enormous pressure that these animals are under.
ZAMBIA is endowed with a rich and diversity of natural resources that provides an inimitable scenic view that offers a unique experience to both local and foreign tourists. Among the abundant natural resources the country has been blessed with, the wildlife plays an important role in contributing to the growth of the tourism sector.
As you enter the region of Hoedspruit in South Africa's Limpopo province - the gateway to the world famous Kruger National Park - you see big signs along the road warning that anti-poaching units will "poach the poachers".
The signs also proclaim that the rhinos on local private reserves and game farms have been de-horned so they are of no use to poachers.