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 Post subject: Poaching - creating awareness / donations advice
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LATEST ON RHINO POACHING IN SOUTH AFRICA

South African National Parks announces that 405 rhinos have been poached throughout South Africa to date.

The hardest hit areas have been the Kruger National Park, Limpopo and KwaZulu- Natal provinces.

The number of rhinos poached is up by approximately 21.6% from the 333 of the previous year, against an increase of 173% and 47% for 2010 and 2009 respectively.

The number of arrests has also increased from the previous year by approximately 27.3% to 210, from 165 in 2010.


Please support the counter poaching activities. We cannot afford to have similar stats in 2012!

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Another 7 rhino shot yesterday ..... :wall: :evil:

On the remark of the amount of money which have been donated. I think it is a bit of a flippant remark which cannot be proven. But what is true is that there are a large number of organisations and especially individuals who raises money without the ability or intent of making a real difference.

Please do not let this detract from the urgent need to support this effort. But be very careful of where you give money!

Give money where it is going to make a real difference. Give to established and respected organisations with the ability to translate the money in to actions which will make a real difference.

If you want to support SANParks, which is responsible for more than 50% of the entire world wide rhino population, then the SANParks Honorary Rangers is the correct channel for support. The Honorary Rangers has the ability to translate 100% of your money in to support on the ground, where it makes a real difference.

Donate here.

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I am going to emphasise here:

Please support an organisation you know. I have been asked via email to support many groups. I have been approached at my supermarket. Unfortunately, not everyone is "dinkum"..

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Media Release: Suspected rhino poacher arrested
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Date: 12th December 2011

During the afternoon of 11 December 2011, a joint operational team consisting of South African National Parks (SANParks) Rangers and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) arrested a suspected rhino poacher in the N’wanetsi Ranger Section of the Kruger National Park (KNP).

The team came in contact with a group of three armed suspected rhino poachers wherein a shoot-out ensued which led to one suspect being wounded and arrested. The other two suspects managed to escape back into Mozambique.

During the operation, a hunting rifle and four fresh rhino horns were recovered. Follow-up investigations located one rhino carcass, a second carcass is still being sought. Investigations continue in this regard.

Since January this year, throughout the country, 431 rhino have been killed and 244 of them in the KNP. This year alone a total of 212 suspected poachers have been arrested around the country, of which 78 of them were arrested in the KNP.

For previous media statements, please go to www.sanparks.org

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On the back of the dreadful statistics that poachers have killed a new record of 405 rhino’s in South Africa since the beginning of the year, comes the news that the Kruger National Park will immediately halt the posting of rhino sightings on its notice boards.

One of the highlights for many visitors to the Kruger National Park, and many other wildlife parks around the country, is visiting the information maps and notice boards that appear at most camps.

These boards provide relatively up-to-date information on the whereabouts of various popular species of animals.

The boards obviously don’t guarantee a specific sighting of an animal, but they do give you a fair idea for planning a particular route to follow in the hope of seeing a specific species.

Laura Mukwevho, a spokeswoman for the Kruger, has told the Beeld newspaper that all camp managers have now been ordered to remove information on maps and notice boards about rhino movements with immediate effect.

The Kruger Park has itself lost a total of 229 rhino’s due to poaching this year alone.

The trade in rhino horn, and other endangered wildlife, is fueled by the constant demand for their perceived healing properties.

Just last weekend, an auction took place in Beijing where cases of spirits and tonics fortified with tiger, rhino horn and pangolin were sold.

Even though Chinese law and international conventions on the trade of such products is illegal, the auction was still advertised the previous night on Chinese state television.

Shockingly, the auction house dedicated a dozen pages in their auction catalogue to tiger bone wine alone.

[Sources: Guardian, TimesLive]

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R3,2 m. gevind, twee in arres ná renosterstropery
2011-12-13 23:56

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Deel
Kry Beeld op

Die polisie het eergisteraand beslag gelê op sowat R3,2 miljoen wat glo verdien is uit smokke­lary met renosterhorings.

Die polisie het ’n konstabel van die polisie in Hazyview, asook ’n voorma­lige polisieman, by die Ultra City op die N4 naby Middelburg aangekeer.

Volgens lt.kol. Leonard Hlathi, polisiewoordvoerder, het die polisie inligting in verband met die geld gehad en was hulle die hele dag op die uitkyk vir die mans se voertuig.

“Die geld was netjies in sakke verpak en was in die kattebak van ’n Range Rover.”

Die moontlikheid word ondersoek dat die twee die geld bekom het deur renoster­horings wat glo onlangs in die Krugerwildtuin gestroop is in Gauteng te verkoop.

Die polisie het kort ná die optrede in Middelburg ’n klopjag in Gauteng uitgevoer, maar die horings is nie opgespoor nie.

Intussen ontleed die polisie ’n bloedbevlekte sak wat in die verdagtes se voertuig gekry is om vas te stel of dit renosterbloed is.

Die verdagtes verskyn vandag in die hof. – Buks Viljoen



The article states that two persons were taken in to custody and R 3.2 million recovered when police pounced on suspected poachers.

One suspect is a policeman from Hazyview and the other a former policeman arrested in Middelburg.

Suspicion is that the rhinos were poached in KNP, but the horns were not retrieved. A bloody bag will be sent for test to determine whether it is rhino blood on the bag.


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Alex Eliseev | 5 Hour(s) Ago

The Germiston Magistrate’s on Wednesday sentenced a Chinese national to six years in prison for possession of rhino horn.

In May, Hsu Hsien Lung was arrested after authorities recovered 10 kilograms of ivory.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said they are very pleased with the sentence.

“What used to happen was that the people would just pay fines and continue with their daily work of shooting the rhinos,” he added.

Over 400 rhinos have been poached in South Africa during 2011.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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THE HAWKS say they suspect a rhino poaching syndicate is responsible for de-horning two white rhinos at a private game reserve in Worcester.

Hawks spokesman Colonel McIntosh Polela said they believed the latest attack was the work of a syndicate and the poachers were probably on the move as they rarely stay in one area for long.

He said poachers had hacked off the horns of two rhinos at the Fairy Glen Big 5 private reserve yesterday morning.

Game reserve co-owner Pieter de Jager said this morning that both rhinos were still alive although the male was more critical than the female because he had suffered deeper cuts.

He said the female, which is pregnant, appeared to have a better chance of surviving.

"She is critical but doing better than the male," said De Jager.

Polela said it was believed the suspects had gained access to the reserve by cutting through a fence.

De Jager said the rhino attack was the first to be recorded at the reserve since it opened nearly 40 years ago.

Both rhino had been found, collapsed and gushing blood, at about 7.30am.

"It looked so vicious when we found them. It's terrible to see. They are both still in a very critical condition. The male has been standing here for about four hours without making a move," he said.

The male rhino is nine years old and the female is six.

Yesterday, standing in a trench through which water flows during rain, rangers tried to cool the visibly weak male rhino, nicknamed Higgins, to prevent him from becoming dehydrated.

Blood still dripped from his wound which was covered in tar used to seal the injury.

Attempts were made to dig a roadway for the rhino to move through but De Jager said the animal was still in too much pain.

The female had been found close to a drinking hole and both had been darted with a drug called M99, he said.

The male was still in the ditch and neither was eating yet but he hoped they would at least drink water in the next few days.

"They overdosed them to calm them and take them down. It seems they used air guns to dart them and then machetes to hack off the horns because chainsaws would make too much noise and are too heavy to carry with the horns.

"These people do their homework. They're professional, with military background, and conduct these operations with precision," he said.

He said routine night patrols were conducted randomly to check on the animals.

De Jager said they believed the suspects had entered the reserve on foot.

An exit had been found along the electric fence, where it is suspected the perpetrators fled by vehicle along a farm road which runs through a neighbouring vineyard.

The female, found with two darts still stuck in her left side, lay quietly in the shade beneath some trees but was receptive when De Jager spoke to her.

"They target white rhino because their horns are so big and get exported for about R500 000 a kilogram," said De Jager.

According to SA National Parks statistics, 405 rhinos have been victims of poaching this year, compared with 333 last year.

http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/hawks-hunt-rhino-syndicate-1.1196808

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Khaki-collar crime a growing evil

December 14 2011 at 06:00pm

By Melanie Gosling

A new expression has entered the South Africa lexicon: khaki-collar crime.

The phrase has been coined to describe the involvement of game park staff, game capture experts and wildlife vets in the lucrative crime of rhino poaching.

In an ironic twist, some of those drawn to work in wildlife conservation have now become destroyers, using scheduled immobilising drugs, sophisticated dart guns, night-vision equipment and helicopters to kill rhino for their horn – nothing more than a bunch of compressed hair but worth its weight in gold to those who believe in its mythical medicinal qualities.

Jo Shaw, an ecologist at the Endangered Wildlife Trust in Johannesburg, found this week’s attack on two rhino at Fairy Glen Game Farm near Worcester particularly chilling because the Western Cape had not yet been targeted by rhino poachers, and because the drug M99 was used to immobilise the two animals before their horns were hacked off.

“M99 is a restricted drug available to people within the industry … There is definitely rot within the industry, and vets have been charged … It’s not just someone who lives near the reserve and snuck in. Indications are these people have know-how,” Shaw said.

The condition of the male Fairy Glen rhino had improved yesterday, while the female remained critical.

Last year two vets from Nylstroom, Karel Toet and Manie du Plessis, were arrested on suspicion of belonging to a rhino-poaching ring. Douw Grobler, one of the country’s top wildlife vets and a game-capture expert, was arrested a few weeks ago for allegedly distributing M99 illegally. The case has been postponed.

“They’re using drugs not because it’s humane but it’s quieter. In Limpopo and North West, unmarked helicopters have been involved. We imagine they take the horn away in the helicopters and get it out of the country somewhere,” said Shaw. “Most of the rhino poaching this year has been in Kruger Park, where they come across the Mozambique border. A number of Vietnamese citizens have been caught with horn, and 33 horns were seized in a container in Hong Kong. Indications are that the demand comes from Vietnam.”

Shaw said there was a rumour that a powerful Vietnamese government minister claimed to have been cured of cancer after taking rhino horn, sparking a surge in demand in that country.

However, while rhino horn has been used medicinally in China for thousands of years, chiefly to reduce fever, it has no proven medicinal properties. More recently, the horn was being sold as a “detoxicant”.

“It’s being used by high-flying people in Vietnam in the belief that it clears the cells and body of toxins. Whether this is being used as a marketing ploy, I don’t know, but it is being prescribed by certain doctors in Vietnam.”

Although international trade in rhino horn is banned, street markets in Vietnam openly sell rhino-horn bowls, designed with serrations on the inside for grinding the horn before it is mixed with water and drunk.

Paul Gildenhuys of CapeNature, who is the Western Cape representative on the National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit, said southern Africa was being targeted as home to 90 percent of the remaining rhino. “The rest have been wiped out,” he said.

“The rhino trade is all linked in some way to organised crime … you’ll never stop it because of the money involved,” Grobler said.

So far, 431 rhinos have been killed this year. Last year’s number was 333. In 2009 the total was 122. - Cape Times

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/khaki-collar-crime-a-growing-evil-1.1198716


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Thursday 15 December 2011 11:40

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Four suspected rhino poachers in Hoedspruit have been arrested by the Limpopo police. These men were found with two rhino horns in their possession. Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi says the rhinos were poached at a farm in the area.

According to the police more members of a suspected rhino poaching syndicate that has been operating in the Hoedspruit area are likely to be arrested. Along with the horns, two rifles and ammunition were confiscated.
Meanwhile a suspected rhino poacher has been arrested in the Kruger National Park. The South African National Parks rangers and the SANDF combined in a joint operation which lead to the arrest of a suspect following a horrendous shoot-out with three heavily armed suspected rhino poachers in the N'wanetsi Ranger Section of the Park.


hunting rifle and four fresh rhino horns were recovered by the joint operation.

The suspect was wounded and arrested while his two accomplices managed to escape to Mozambique. A hunting rifle and four fresh rhino horns were recovered by the joint operation. Follow-up investigations conducted by police officials located one rhino carcass while a second carcass is still being sought.

Sadly more than 400 rhinos have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year of which two-hundred and forty four of those have been in the Kruger National Park. There seems to be a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel though as more than 210 suspected poachers have been arrested.

http://sabc.co.za/news/a/07aa4900496dfc3c984cdec6598d6fbe/Police-nab-rhino-poachers-20111212



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Four men were arrested for rhino poaching in Hoedspruit on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

They were found in possession of two horns, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

A carcass was also discovered in the area around the time of their arrest. Two rifles and an axe found in their possession were seized.

The group, aged between 25 and 35, have also been linked to the poaching of a rhino and a calf last week.

They are due to appear in court next week. – Sapa


Don't know if this is the same story.... :hmz: But it just does not stop!!

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Vietnamese again caught with rhino horns in South Africa

Rhino horn: some people are prepared to risk years of their lives in jail to obtain one © TRAFFIC
Johannesburg, South Africa, 16th December 2011

South African authorities last week arrested two Vietnamese nationals at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport as they attempted to smuggle rhino horns and elephant ivory.

Alerted by security x-ray scanners as the suspects’ luggage passed through security, members of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development along with the Police Service discovered two rhino horns, five elephant tusks, 20 ivory chopsticks, 31 ivory bangles, 18 ivory blocks and three ivory earrings.

The two arrested—a 40 year-old man and a 30 year-old woman—have been charged with illegal possession of elephant ivory and rhino horn under the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (NEMBA).

“TRAFFIC commends the South African authorities on the arrest of these two individuals, who appear to be among those riding on the criminal tidal wave currently sweeping away South Africa’s wildlife resources,” said Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC’s rhino and ivory expert.

“If convicted, they should face severe punishment, to act as a deterrent to others that such actions will not be tolerated.”

The arrest comes only months after another pair of Vietnamese nationals were convicted of smuggling 20 rhino horns at O.R. Tambo International Airport. They were sentenced to 12 and 8 years in jail respectively.

A record number of rhinos—more than 430 to date—have been poached in South Africa in 2011, with the crisis continuing to escalate, demand for ivory continues to fuel the poaching of elephants, especially in East and Central Africa.

Although used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries in the treatment of fever, the current high demand for rhino horn appears to be driven primarily from Viet Nam, where it is being prescribed by some medical practitioners as a “detoxicant” and is popular among “high-flyers” trying to impress their peers.

A rumour that a Vietnamese government minister was cured of cancer after taking rhino horn appears to be entirely unfounded.

“There is no doubt the demand for rhino horn in Asia is directly responsible for the continuing rhino poaching surge in Africa,” said Chris Shepherd, Deputy Director of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.

“Action, not talk, is needed. Enforcement agencies must increase their efforts now and put rhino and elephant poachers and traders behind bars.

“Currently, illegal traders are running circles around the enforcement agencies, a situation that cannot be allowed to persist.”

According to TRAFFIC data, the last arrest of a rhino horn smuggler in Viet Nam occurred in 2008, but since then there have been no arrests.

In September, South African and Vietnamese authorities formally agreed on a process to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on natural resource management wildlife protection and law enforcement.


source: http://www.traffic.org/home/2011/12/16/vietnamese-again-caught-with-rhino-horns-in-south-africa.html

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Recent estimates suggest that as many as 3000 elephants have been killed this year for their tusks.

This made it the worst record since ivory sales were banned.

There were several seizures in 2011.

Authorities in Malaysia confiscated elephant tusks worth over R10 million.

Demand by Asian nations was blamed for what was called a “horrible year” for the animal.

Wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, said more elephant tusks were seized in 2011 than in any year since 1989.

That was when ivory trade was banned under the convention on trading in endangered species.

The group said the 23 tons of ivory seized represented at least 2500 dead animals.

The increase was also contributed to sophistication of the criminal gangs behind the trafficking.

Wildlife said most shipments of illegal ivory ended up in either China or Thailand.

More Chinese lived in Africa than ever before and this increased the number of smuggling operations.

In South Africa, two Chinese nationals were arrested for being in possession of elephant tusks and other ivory items earlier in December.

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Hi all

Please note this topic is here to create awareness and to provide members with reliable information as to where they can donate to anti poaching.

Discussion on the issue is to be done in this topic:- Poaching in the Forum Indaba.

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 Post subject: Re: Poaching - creating awareness / donations advice
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DB, couldn't both be done in the same thread? Not seeing the need for two.

Meaning, if I wanted to create awareness and solicit advice about hotel infrastructure in Kruger, wouldn't that simply fall underneath the topicality of the current thread?

I think poaching is terrible, but this thread looks to be an attempt at circumventing the "Indaba threads aren't visible" policy so that this important subject has visibility to the public.

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Stark, thanks for your feedback and input :D Much appreciated.

The mods have taken a decision to allow for creating awareness of poaching to be in this forum (making it visible to all viewers) in order to assist with creating awareness to aid the fund raising aspect. The advice here is for where best to donate your hard earned cash to the cause :wink: The topic in Indaba is for discussion, questions etc. So this topic is to stay, and the others in Indaba will stay there :D

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