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Rhino Poaching Facts

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
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Rhino poaching facts are constantly changing with legistation and operations adapting in hope of protecting Africa's dwindling numbers of the much loved stocky addition to the Big 5 family. To follow are the latest rhino poaching facts, to help everyone get up to speed on the issue.

Due to the high cost of security, and in some cases personal security, of rhinos across the country in both private and open game reserves, rhino poaching is seriously threatening eco-tourism in South Africa. Rhino poaching facts include that over 200 rhinos have already been slaughtered in 2012. We are looking at a staggering number of murdered rhinos declining the population of this precious big five creature at an alarming rate.

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Above: African rhino

With the rhino slaughter rate being so high, communities and travel industry professionals, government and individuals alike need to start pulling together in working towards a solution and putting preventative measures in place, getting tourism involved and pushing projects to get the job done.

A 10-day rhino awareness walk through the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park wilderness earlier this year has led to some serious energy pouring into anti-poaching via eco-tourism while promoting international involvement and engagement with initiatives. Following the success of &Beyond and Africa Foundation's 'Footprints of Hope' rhino awareness walk, the teams are now returning to communities to help inspire and educate youth on recent facts about rhino poaching.

Endangered Black Rhino

&Beyond rangers, Africa Foundation development officers, and the Kruger National Park Section Rangers will give regular important updates on the plight of the highly endangered black rhino, urging people to report all poaching activity anonymously to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.

Latest Rhino poaching facts:

2012 Statistics

Nothing portrays rhino poaching facts better than cold, hard statistics.

Kruger National Park remains the main hunting ground for poachers and the most effected having lost more than 162 rhinos in the first half of 2012. Limpopo adds more than 34 rhinos to the illegal slaughters; KwaZulu-Natal lost more than 25 and the North West Province has had 24 rhinos killed. According to News 24, SANParks announced that the latest statistics show over 245 rhinos have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2012 with 161 arrests. There have been 173 arrests made during the course of the year which include 138 poachers, 10 were receivers, six couriers/buyers and seven were exporters. Being able to report that these criminals have been caught is the best kind of rhino poaching fact in the lot.

Rhino poaching facts about hunting permits

On the issue of issuing permits for trophy hunting, government has amended the norms and standards for the marking of rhino and rhino horn and for the hunting of rhinos for trophy hunting in order to strengthen requirements relating to hunting. Authorities consider whether the country of residence of the hunting client, where the rhino horn and trophies will be imported to, as well as the legislation in place ensuring that the rhino horns and the rest of the hunting trophy will be used for the purpose only as indicated on the permit.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has recommended all provincial conservation authorities responsible for issuing hunting permits refuse any applications for white rhinoceros hunting by foreign hunters whose usual state of residence is Vietnam; until such time that Vietnam has confirmed in writing, that all rhino trophies exported since 2010 are still in the possession of the hunters. A list of permits endorsed at OR Tambo has been provided to Vietnam. Since these measures have been implemented, the number of applications for hunting has reduced and no further applications from China, Vietnam, and Thailand have been received. All hunting applications are submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for verification that applicants have hunted only a single rhino within a specific calendar year. Based on the register kept by the Department, no further applications from alleged consumer countries have been received.

Reporting Rhino Poaching

It is important that international effort is made. Any and all incidents of rhino poaching can be reported or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings can be made by calling: 0800 205 005. The effect of rhino poaching in South Africa is massive and reflects negatively on us as a nation and worse still on the continent.  Standing together against such devastation is the only way to combat it. South Africa and the world need to take the necessary steps to stop poaching in its tracks. These rhino poaching facts are very real. Go out and enjoy an African safari with a chance of spotting rhino while you still can. Enquire now.

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Above: Jacqueline Freer Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Jacky is a social media expert, PR professional, blogger, copywriter, events designer and digital journalist with a passion for music. Jacqueline Freer is the MD and founder of Inrichmint Media Studios & Recordings, both divisions under the same brand name.

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Tags: poaching, rhino, tourism


Save our Rhino’s YouTube Video

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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For all of us who feel like we don't seem to have a voice in the plight to save our rhino, here is an inspiring YouTube viral video aimed at raising awareness and spreading the word: Share the video and make a difference.

Keen to see rhino's in their natural habitat? Go on a safari. While you still can.

White rhinos

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Tags: conservation, poaching, rhino-poaching, youtube


Donate your hair and fingernails to STOP rhino poaching!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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Now these are our kind of people. This group of fellas got together and realised that thinking inside the box is the perfect way to protest against rhino poaching! So what did they do? They hit the streets armed with a pair of scissors and nail clippers and collected the fingernails and hair samples of those who were keen to support their mission. Their mission? To post a box of keratin in the form of hair and fingernails to the Chinese embassy in protest of the huge rhino horn market in the country.

We’ve (Overlanding Africa) donated our resources to raise awareness about the tragedy of rhino poaching, we’re donated our enthusiasm to participating in the march for rhino rights, and we’re willing to do anything that may impact positively to putting a stop to rhino poaching. So if these guys want to come and clip our hair and fingernails (The Overlanding Africa Team’s), they’re more than welcome! We’ve stopped our personal grooming practices and are all taking Bob Martin just for you. Check out this awesome, fun video on how these guys plan to put a stop to poaching rhinos for their horn... and how they got the attention of South African celebrities to support the cause too. Brilliant!

Because this video has inspired the Overlanding Africa Team so much, we’ve come up with a list of possible donors for hair and fingernails which these dudes may want to follow up on.

Possible Donors:

1. Kids who scratch other kids

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Photo source: John Evans

 

2. People who run their nails down a chalkboard

blackboard Photo source: Piotr Lewandowski

3. Cats (they often donate hair balls)

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Photo source: Jm Cannie

4. Justin Bieber:

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Photo source: Celeb Fan Pics

 

5. This guy:

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Photo source: India Study Channel

 

6. And this Rapunzel lady:

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Photo source: World Must Be Crazy

P.S: Justin Bieber’s hair: take it all. Please.

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Tags: gross, poaching, rhino


Science could save Northern White Rhino from Extinction

Friday, September 30th, 2011
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There are only 7 northern white rhino left in the world and conservationists are worried about the future reproduction of the world’s rarest large mammal.

Decline in the Northern White Rhino Population

The reason for the decline in the population is attributed to hunting, poaching, and loss of habitat.

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Graph Above: In 1960 the northern rhino population was over 2000. In the 1970s and 1980s the population dropped from 500 to 15 because of poaching. Managing to recover slightly, the population climbed to 25 in 1997 and went on to reach a peak of 32 in 2003.  After 2003, poaching shot up and in 2009 the population dwindled to 8 northern white rhinos left in the world. 2011 has seen the population reach an all-time low when one of the 8 last northern white rhino’s left, died of old age.

Northern White Rhino Moved From Czech to Kenya

Until 2009, the last eight northern white rhinos lived in two zoos in Europe and the USA. On December 20, 2009, four of the last eight were moved from Dvur Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.

“They are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and are thought to be extinct in the wild. Moving them now is a last bid effort to save them and their gene pool from total extinction.” Said Dr Rob Brett, Africa Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International, and member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist group.

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Above: The northern white rhino is categorised as ‘critically endangered’ by IUCN Red List.

Reproduction of Northern White Rhino

While in captivity, the survival rate of northern white rhinos are good, but reproduction rates are extremely low. The four rhinos were relocated back into the wild in hope of bringing about successful mating. Many said that the operation would put the animals at risk because they had spent so long in protected conditions and they would not be used to the harsh African environment. Members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria stated that they didn’t think that “any significant conservation benefits will happen,” from the placement of the rhino back in the wild and in March 2011, they were almost correct. Just over 15 months of being released into the central Kenyan highlands and the northern white rhino’s began ‘mating’ activities. This behavioral change served to confirm that the four rhino had shed their non-procreational coexistence that they adopted while living in captivity and had now returned to the way nature intended it. Although the rhinos have been mating since in Africa, there have not been any offspring which have resulted from intercourse. With reproduction of northern white rhinos coming to a halt, inter-crossing of the northern and southern species is planned by conservationists in order to ensure that the genes of the northern white rhino do not die with the last of their species.

Northern White Rhino Stem Cell Development

However, with recent technology, it seems that all hope is not dead in losing the rare strain of the rhino’s gene. With the use of stem cell development it may be possible to produce the northern white rhino from a test tube. Director of Genetics at San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, Dr. Oliver Ryder says:  “The greatest contribution this technology might make is to prevent extinction by using stem cells to assist with rescuing the genetic variation in increasing the reproduction of a critically endangered species.” The video below outlines the possibility of using science effectively to save the northern white rhino:

The following organisations have invested time, money, effort and have proved highly dedicated to restoring the northern white rhino: Kenya Wildlife Service Fauna & flora International Ol Pejeta Conservancy Back to Africa Lewa Wildlife Conservancy The Nature Conservancy It seems that a combination of conservation effort, anti-poaching legislation and scientific brilliance, the world will never have to lose one of its precious species’ again. Quagga, we miss you. Be one of the few to see the the remaining seven northern white rhino, with a trip to Kenya.

Reference Sources:
Scientific American
Wikipedia - Northern White Rhinoceros
Northern White Rhino Last Chance
Rhino Resource Centre
Wolfganght Home
Kenya News Online
Reuters
International Fund for Animal Welfare

Original Article source: Discover Africa.com

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A Toxic Solution to Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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According to News24, Environmental protection organisations are unsure about whether the treatment of rhino horn with toxic substances is a safe, effective way to combat rhino poaching in South Africa. Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) are concerned that if the concoction makes humans sick, then surely it will make animals sick. "If they say it won't hurt the environment, they must be using a synthetic compound that hasn't been proven to be toxic to humans," said the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

The Rhino Rescue Project (RRP) recently treated animals at the Rhino and Lion Reserve in Kromdraai, north-west of Johannesburg, more than a year ago with the substance, and say that there appear to have been no negative behavioural or environmental effects.

Rhino Horn

Photo by Sias van Schalkwyk

The treatment is administered by injecting the solution into the horns, and is described as a cost-effective, long-lasting and immediate solution for private rhino owners who don’t have the protection of government assigned security forces to combat rhino poaching in South Africa. "What if the rhinos use their horns to scratch themselves? The toxins may enter the bloodstream and have an effect. Every rhino is an individual with unique behaviour. Our main concern is that this treatment is not damaging rhino or other wildlife." Says EWT's compliance and enforcement spokesperson Rynette Coetzee Lorinda Hern from RRP said that the project made an effort to use a combination of legal chemicals in order to create the treatment.

Richard Burroughs, director of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies  says, "It might be worthwhile, from a public relations point of view, to those who are reasonably informed. However, poachers are not informed and will still shoot rhinos." Richard went on to say that the way he sees it, it is the right of private owners to treat their animals for protection against rhino poaching in South Africa, but he doesn’t see it becoming national policy.

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