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The story of a young Chinese conservationist

The story of a Chinese conservationist who is working to determine China’s role in the elephant poaching problem and coming up with solutions that can be implemented across China and Africa.

First elephant poached in Kruger in 10 years

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.

Lack of resources and skills hamper wildlife law enforcement

Is our government really doing all they can to combat rhino poaching? In a report investigating the challenges facing the enforcement of South Africa’s environmental laws, shortages in resources, skills and multiple, changing legislations have been identified as the most serious shortcomings.

Rhino horn – To trade or not to trade: Does it really matter?

The rhino horn trade is being punted as an option with ‘if it pays it stays’ philosophy. The counter argument being that we don’t understand the market, making it difficult to play with. Each a compelling argument in its own right, however are we are dividing our forces, our efforts and the rhino population while we debate the issue?

Can Jackie Chan combat rhino poaching?

In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched today featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan. httpv://youtu.be/yccID-2jlfM STAR POWER Chan’s influence was demonstrated recently by his association with a campaign to save sharks. It resulted in an 18% […]

Why some people buy rhino horn

A new consumer report finds that rhino horn consumers in Vietnam buy the illegal product as much to raise their social status as to attempt to treat a fever or hangover.

Victories against ivory poaching in Congo

Since the launch of Odzala-Kokoua National Park’s “poacher to protector” amnesty program last year, the eco-guard, now with former poachers in its ranks, have won two major victories in the battle against ivory poaching in the Congo. Read about it’s conservation developments here.

Fighting rhino poaching together

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has launched an initiative that aims to get rid of illegitimate and ill-intended rhino anti-poaching operations.

The effects of poaching on rhino herd dynamics

Contrary to popular belief, rhino numbers are stable, even rising slightly. But the alarming increase in poaching of the animals for their horns could cause the population growth to flatline, and even send the species into decline Despite media efforts to create global awareness and the implementation of stringent measures that were put in place […]

Is there a Plan B for Rhinos?

Original Source: News 24, John M. Sellar I sincerely hope so, because the recently-published Plan A contains some significant mistakes, naivety and apparently wasn’t proof-read sufficiently. I feel driven to comment on a document that South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has made public and which is being widely quoted by the media. The […]

Rhino horn – trading in fraud

Not unexpectedly, the South African government announced last week their intention to submit an application to CITES in 2016 for permission to trade their rhino horn stockpiles. But rather than seeking a complete legalization of trade, they have decided on what can only be referred to as the most foolish option – a one-off sale […]

Helping rhinos when they most need it

Four rhinos were injured by bullet shots during an unsuccessful poaching attempt in the Elandela Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit last week. We are happy to announce that they escaped with their horns and lives intact. This is primarily due to the great efforts undertaken by the reserve in collaboration with Investec Rhino Lifeline, the […]

Update on Rhino Poaching Statistics

Please Note: Analysing SANParks media statement, the following comes to light: Firstly the press release confuses weeks with days. But moving on from that, during the last 2 and a half months of 2012 there was a massive spurt in poaching – we were losing 2,8 rhino per DAY on average. In the first two […]