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Nearly 300 rhinos poached this year

Nearly 300 rhinos poached this year

Nearly 300 rhinos have been poached this year, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday.
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South Africa reports 281 rhinos killed this year

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says 281 of the country's endangered rhinoceros have been killed by poachers in the first six months of the year. The Environment Department said Tuesday that the huge Kruger National Park adjacent to neighbors …
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281 rhino poached in 2012

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Rhino poaching soars as South Africa ponders legalising trade

south africa rhino. Horns look great on rhinos but at £250000 value each many are being trimmed to save the animal from poachers. Figures release by the South African government has shown that rhino poaching has soared in the first 6 months of 2012.
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281 rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa this year

A growing black market demand for rhinoceros horns that are worth their weight in gold causes illegal poaching to increase in the face of heightened security measures.
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Government needs to assist with Rhino Poaching Crisis

15 June 2012, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Jennifer Duncan – Rhino Revolution

With 246 Rhino poached this year so far, we are now heading for the over 600 mark if something is not done urgently.

The tourism industry is one of the biggest income producers in South Africa and the Big 5 attraction being one of the biggest reasons why tourists visit South Africa.  Over 8 million tourists visited South Africa in 2011, a 3.3% increase from 2010. Tourism contributes more than double to the economy, as a percentage of GDP, versus Gold.

Rhino poaching is on the increase and little is being done to protect these animals from being killed for their horns. Government has billions in store for job creation. Is it not time to protect the assets in this country and use the resouces that are so readily available? We are under siege and we should be concerned that our rhino population and other vulnerable species are under threat due to a lack of assistance from the government to provide the necessary protection.

With training academies on our doorstep in Hoedspruit, we are able to provide the necessary anti-poaching training to create sustainable jobs within our unemployed sectors. Conservation needs to be made a priority in South Africa and Africa on a whole and the government needs to take a stance in preserving its natural heritage.

Respect, Responsiblity and Resourcefulness. It is time we take action and find a sustainable way to STOP RHINO POACHING.

“There is relatively little demand in China now, especially for medicinal use. The demand mainly comes from Vietnam.”

In Vietnam, the horn is ground into a powder that is believed to treat fevers, stay youthful and even cure cancer. None of those uses have any scientific basis. Rhino horns are mostly made of keratin, the same material in human fingernails. Source: News24.

In efforts to protect our rhino, Rhino Revolution will be performing more de-hornings today due to an increase of poachings in the area. The procedure will be televised and a further update on when this can be viewed will be announced. Poachers are not welcome in Hoedspruit. We have upped the patrols, have more visibility on the roads and we WILL NOT tolerate any form of unlawfulness.

For more information contact us on 082 385 9812.

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Rhino Revolution is sad to report that 3 Rhinos were poached in Limpopo over the last full moon last week. 1 near Gravelotte, 1 in Kapama and 1 in Sabi Sands. All were on properties where the rhino have not been de-horned by Rhino Revolution.

The poachers are on our doorstep but we remain vigilant. We will not tolerate rhino poaching and all will be done to prevent it.

Please contact our hotline for any information – 082 385 9812.

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No bail for rhino poaching accused

April 2 2012 at 02:00pm

By Laea Medley

Four men alleged to be involved in a rhino-poaching syndicate will remain behind bars until April 26.

Evert Potgieter, Riaan Vermaak and brothers Dumisane and Nkosinathi Sithole appeared in the Magudu Magistrate’s Court in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday on charges of conspiracy to hunt 10 rhino and attempting to hunt rhino.

Potgieter and Vermaak face additional charges of possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition and stolen property.

The four men were denied bail, and will appear in court again on April 26.

Last week, a fifth accused in the case Philomon Mbatha, who worked as Potgieter’s farm labourer, was granted bail.

The men were arrested a month ago when undercover police agents were taken to the Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve to allegedly poach 10 rhino. – Daily News



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South African town dehorns rhinos in attempt to ward off poachers

Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:33 PM EST

By Neal Carter
Rock Center

The town of Hoedspruit, South Africa is taking a controversial approach to protecting their rhinos.  They’ve decided to dehorn their rhinos to ward off poachers.

“I’d hate us to be the future community that would apologize to the world for having lost such an important species to mankind as rhino,” Trevor Jordan said.

Jordan and his son, Patrick, decided to take action when poachers claimed 25 of the town’s rhinos last year. The Jordans recruited a team of rhino owners and concerned residents searching for a solution. They call themselves Rhino Revolution. Since August of last year, roughly 150 rhinos have had their horns safely removed in the town.

A rhino’s horns grow back and the horns are safely removed after the animal has been darted with a tranquilizer.

The spike in poaching that’s happening in Hoedspruit is happening throughout South Africa.  More than 400 rhinos were killed in the country last year. 

The Jordans said that their decision to dehorn their town’s rhinos is a temporary solution.

“This is designed to push poachers away from our area, decrease the threat to our animals,” Patrick Jordan said.

South Africa is home to three quarters of the world’s last remaining rhinos.  A rising demand for rhino horn in Asia has led to a drastic increase in poaching. 



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Suspected rhino poacher out on bail

Jan 30 2012 9:25AM
Mpho DubeRhino poaching woes seem to be a never-ending tale.

The police’s organised crime unit members arrested Jan Louis Lessing, 58, manager of Entabeni Game Reserve at Naboomspruit, who was found was in possession of three rhino horns, four elephant tusks as well several fire-arms.

Lessing was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in Naboomspruit Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He was released on R3000 bail and the case was remanded to March 29 for further investigation.

Police spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said the arrest followed intensive investigation by the Hawks into unrelenting rhino poaching in the area.

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Chopper helps rangers nail poachers

CANAAN MDLETSHE | 23 February, 2012 01:10

At least R45-million is needed annually for a new anti-rhino poaching initiative to win South Africa’s war against this scourge.

This emerged yesterday during the unveiling of the programme launched by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife and its new private partner, King Shaka Aviation.

The successful endeavour known as the “secret helicopter trial programme” began five months ago and, according to Ezemvelo, is already bearing fruit.

Field rangers were able to keep poachers at bay, and are now calling for all game reserves to use helicopters.

Compared to the R200000 a month that private rhino owners pay for security, R45-million for helicopters at game reserves throughout South Africa was “cheap”, guests at the unveiling were told.

The pilot project was conducted at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park after King Shaka Aviation donated a Sikorski 300 helicopter.

The helicopter was involved in 105 sorties in the reserve, found more than 28 illegal vehicles inside the park and dropped off field rangers who apprehended 10 armed poachers between October last year and this month.

The helicopter responded to 15 call-outs by Ezemvelo staff following tip-offs and signs of poaching.

The number of rhinos killed last year increased from 330 to 448, contributing to the total of 1 104 animals killed in the past 12 years.

In Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, 14 rhinos were poached in 2010 while eight were killed last year. Seven rhinos were killed between October and November in 2010, but since the introduction of the helicopter only one rhino was poached during the same period last year.

“Based on these trials, I believe the helicopter represents the most significant tool in the future battle against poaching. I am convinced that the best way to curb this scourge on our national heritage is to use the helicopter throughout the province,” said King Shaka Aviation CEO, Vincent Christoforous, yesterday.


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Five suspected rhino poachers to remain in custody for now

Five suspected rhino poachers who appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court in North West yesterday will remain in custody until next Monday.

15 February 2012 | AARIFAH NOSARKA

JOHANNESBURG – Five suspected rhino poachers who appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court in North West yesterday will remain in custody until next Monday.

“They were arrested on Tuesday, as part of on-going investigations,” said provincial police spokesman, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

He said police are on a drive to curb this great concern facing the country. “We are watching and will make sure we catch these rhino poachers,” said Ngubane.

A syndicate had apparently been operating near Assen in the North West. According to Pelham Jones, chairman of the Private Rhino Owners’ Association, suspected rhino poachers were apprehended on Tuesday afternoon.

“Members approached a North West reserve.

They were spotted and before arrests could be made, one suspect produced a firearm.

In a shoot-out between police and the suspects, one perpetrator was wounded,” said Jones.

After arresting the suspects, a .458 calibre rifle, 14 rounds of ammunition, a panga and two axes were found in the confiscated vehicle.

The South African National Parks (SANparks) said 30 arrests were made to date for this year.

“It is worrying that we are still losing such a high number of rhinos throughout the country,’ said CEO of SANparks David Mabunda.

The men aged between 43 and 59 will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for bail application.


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More than 50 rhinos lost to poachers in SA this year

Kruger National Park and Limpopo continue to be hardest hit by rhino poaching, says SANParks
SUE BLAINE | published: 2012/02/14 05:26:08 PM

SOUTH Africa has lost 52 rhinos to poachers so far this year and arrested 30 people in connection with rhino poaching, South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Tuesday.

The country lost 448 rhinos to poaching last year, up 34% from the 333 animals lost in 2010, and there is concern that the country could suffer a species decline by mid-year.

The hardest-hit areas continued to be the Kruger National Park and Limpopo, SANParks said.

“It is worrying that we are still losing such a high number of rhinos throughout the country,” said David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks. “The most encouraging area in this whole saga is the increasing number of arrests and the steeper sentences that are being imposed on convicted criminals.”

Early this month, the Phalaborwa Regional Court sentenced three rhino poachers to 25 years’ imprisonment on various counts. Several non-governmental organisations said these were some of the toughest, if not the toughest, sentences handed down thus far for rhino poaching in South Africa.

SANParks said conservation agencies and the police were seeing increasing co-operation from the public, which helped lead to arrests.

This year, the Kruger National Park has lost 26 rhinos to poachers, and Limpopo 13. Sixty-seven alleged poachers were arrested in the Kruger park in 2010, and 98 in the rest of the country.


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