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Media Release: DNA profiling to combat rhino poaching

18 July 2012

DNA profiling enables law enforcement agencies to combat poaching by scientifically linking evidence such as rhino horn and equipment used in the removal of horns, to specific poaching events. This ensures greater success in identifying and convicting the criminals responsible. 

Mr. Kevin Gillmer, Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen and Audi division, said that this donation was supporting work being done at the coal face of counter poaching activities. Unitrans Volkswagen and Audi division is the main sponsor of Unite Against Poaching, donating R 500 out of their own profits for each vehicle sold at one of their branches. This latest donation is the second made to this project and has brought the total contribution by Unite Against Poaching to the RHoDIS to half a million rand. 

Mr. Janssen Davies, national chairperson of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, called the current rhino poaching situation a tragedy. With 281 rhino having been killed this year alone, the numbers are set to top the 448 rhino poached during 2011. Fears are that more than 530 rhino may be poached before the end of 2012 if the current trend continues. The SANParks Honorary Rangers is working closely with conservation agencies to combat this scourge, by equipping, training and supporting conservation staff in the war against poachers. The Honorary Rangers are responsible to identify the key areas where Unite Against Poaching funds can most effectively be used in the fight against poaching. 

Accepting the cheque Dr. Cindy Harper, the head of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, stressed the importance of the donation. The number of poaching cases being investigated is placing severe strain on the laboratory’s ability to quickly produce the necessary results. The donation will enable the laboratory to grow its capacity to investigate poaching incidents, and help to build the genetic database of living rhino which is now also incorporating animals in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. P.O Box 13507, Sinoville, 0129,, Tel. 012 5675580 

For more information on the Unite Against Poaching effort visit

Unite Against Poaching Donation
Mr. Janssen Davies (SANParks Honorary Rangers), Dr. Cindy Harper (Onderstepoort) and Mr. Kevin Gillmer (Unitrans Volkswagen and Audi). 

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SANParks Honorary Rangers 

Louis Lemmer   
NEC: Public Relations & Communication 
SANParks Honorary Rangers  

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