Independent Newspapers reports that experts say surging demand for Rhino horns is threatening to wipe out the world's estimated 28,000 remaining animals, mainly in South Africa. Chinese have long valued rhino horn for its purported - and totally unproven -medicinal properties, and over the last decade, rhino horn has become a must-have luxury item for some Vietnamese nouveau riche, alongside Gucci bags and expensive Maybach cars.
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa have announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent's alarming rhino poaching crisis. These recommendations, which incorporated both short- and long-term suggestions, were developed at summit hosted by the African Wildlife Foundation and Kenya Wildlife Service.
Reports that the governments of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Angola agreed to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies are "malicious and false," says Dr Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief of government communication. Ramsay says there has never been any discussion or agreement between the governments to sell rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies.
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa yesterday announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent's alarming rhino poaching crisis. These recommendations, which incorporated both short- and long-term suggestions, were developed at an invitation-only summit hosted by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
A DECISION taken this week by five southern African countries to sell rhinoceros horn as a way to undermine poaching has been criticised by a leading conservationist, who says it will only increase the illegal practice.
Government officials from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia reportedly met in Windhoek on Monday, where they agreed to allow the sale of rhino horn powder in clinics and pharmacies around the region.
A strike by almost half the rangers at the Kruger National Park entered its sixth week yesterday, amid mounting concern over the security of the country's largest rhino population. Yesterday, the national death toll for the year so far rose to 135 rhinos, with 75 killings in the park.
Nairobi wildlife enthusiasts were in a panic yesterday when word got round that the Kenya Wildlife Service was removing a male rhino from the Nairobi National Park to an unknown destination. Frantic calls, emails, tweets and Facebook postings by concerned wildlife lovers who expressed fears the KWS was taking the rhino to a private game sanctuary were only allayed when the park's senior warden Mark Cheruiyot said the rhino was being translocated to the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.
Ngorongoro — A SQUAD of wildlife rangers escaped death when a big, ferocious rhinoceros charged at them while hunting the animal down in order to anesthetize it for treatment. The incident occurred within the vast Ngorongoro Crater when the Game Rangers, accompanied by a team of biomedical scientists and veterinary officers from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, were trying to shoot and sedate the Rhino, christened "Chausi," using a tranquilizing dart gun from a fast moving car.