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White rhino snared, both horns removed in South Africa

A white rhino was found dead with both horns removed in a wildlife sanctuary on the South African side of the Mozambique border today, according to South African media reports. “The rhino had been caught in a cable snare that seemed to have been deliberately set for big game, such as hippo, buffalo or rhino,…

Blow your horn for rhinos

The international conservation charity, WWF, is asking people everywhere to make September an action month to stand with the world’s embattled rhinos and the “rhino warriors,” the men and women who struggle to protect the pachyderms from poachers. September solidarity with rhinos is to culminate with “Make Noise for Rhinos Day,” during which people are asked…

Wildlife ranchers in South Africa call for controlled trade of rhino horn

An association of 1,500 private landowners with an interest in wildlife in South Africa today called for controlled legal trade in rhino horns as a way to help address the country’s rhino poaching crisis. The notion of legalizing trade in rhino horn is likely to be as controversial as calls to legalize and control the…

South Africa organizes to strike back at rhino poachers

South Africa’s authorities and its conservation community are co-ordinating a comprehensive counter-offensive against the rhino poaching crisis scourging the country. Law enforcement agencies, South African National Parks, conservation and wildlife organizations, and the media gathered this week to develop a strategy to stop the surge in rhino slaughter, believed to be fueled by demand for rhino…

Two rhinos slaughtered in armed daylight robbery in South Africa

The war on South Africa’s rhinos continued yesterday when an armed gang held up farm workers before proceeding to shoot two rhinos for their horns. The brazen daylight attack was unusual, in that most reports of the 300 rhinos believed to have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of last year suggest the attacks were more like…

Poisoning horns is not a solution to the rhino poaching crisis

By David Braun Circulating on Facebook today is a news report that purports to come from the “Bangkok Star,” a newspaper that doesn’t seem to have a website. “A woman mourns over the body of her deceased husband after he had purchased apparently purposely contaminated Rhino horn on the open market in Bangkok,” says the…

Two more rhinos gunned down by poachers in South Africa this week

The slaughter of South Africa’s rhinos continues unchecked. At least two more white rhinos fell under poachers’ guns this week and their horns were removed. As many as 300 rhinos may have been felled in South Africa over the past 20 months. The following account about the latest atrocities is compiled from reports from the…

International park becomes frontier in Southern Africa’s rhino war

By Leon Marshall Johannesburg, South Africa–Rampant rhino poaching is casting a dark shadow over the pride of southern Africa’s ambitious transfrontier-park program. Rhino killers are ruthlessly exploiting the open international boundary running through what is known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park to carry out their dirty work. Poachers typically down a rhino in South…

South Africa vows to fight rhino poachers to “last man standing”

The alarming escalation of rhino poaching in South Africa has placed authorities on high alert, says the chief executive of South African National Parks (SANPArks), David Mabunda. “Perhaps it is no longer appropriate to refer to this spate of illegal killing of rhinos as poaching given the levels of sophistication, violence, precision and the money…

South African rhino killed with AK-47 assault rifle, horns stolen

By Rhishja Larson A young rhino was killed Friday night at a resort near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, by poachers who shot him with an AK-47 assault rifle, the South African media reported. According to News 24, the eight-year-old rhino was found on Saturday morning, with both horns missing and an AK-47 cartridge nearby. The game manager at…

Another rhino falls to poachers in South Africa–126th this year

By Rhishja Larson A female rhino in South Africa’s Krugersdorp Game Reserve is the latest atrocity in the illegal rhino horn trade–killed by poachers who crudely slashed off her horns. And there is another victim of this shameful crime: Her helpless nine-month-old calf is without a mother. According to Independent Online, employees of the reserve found the…

Elle Macpherson a voice for rhino conservation?

Supermodel Elle Macpherson put her foot in the rhino dung about a comment she made to a newspaper journalist earlier this year. “Works for me,” is what she was reported by The Times about eating rhino horn. Here’s the relevant excerpt: Witter: You’re said to be a great fan of Chinese medicine. What does powdered rhino horn…

Rhino horn: All myth, no medicine

By Rhishja Larson Although few features in the animal kingdom are as magnificent as the horn of the rhino, such magnificence comes at a deadly price: The illegal rhino horn trade is responsible for decimating the world’s rhino population by more than 90 percent over the past 40 years. Greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Chitwan National…

South Africa says it lost 124 rhinos to poachers this year

Issued by South African National Parks Corporate Communications The South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement today (Thursday, 1 July 2010) that rhino poaching throughout the country continues to escalate at an unprecedented rate since the beginning of the year. To date South Africa has lost a further 32 rhinos, bringing the overall number…

“Conservationists” behind rhino poaching spree, newspaper reports

The majority of the leading South Africans behind the current wave of poaching and smuggling rhino horns were respected local figures with conservationist profiles, the Sunday Independent reported yesterday. According to the South African newspaper’s De Wet Potgieter, detectives believe the individuals are part of an extensive syndicate behind as much as 70 percent of…