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SA: Elite teams unite to fight Rhino atrocities

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by kendickjerkins

An elite group of government and private environmental professionals have formed a task team to combat further rhino poaching amid fears that syndicates operating nationally are based in Port Elizabeth. The Green Scorpions, the National Wildlife Reaction Unit, the Port Elizabeth organized crime unit, SA National Parks and 12 private game reserves forming part of the Indalo Group are working together in an attempt to curb rhino poaching on reserves across the Eastern Cape. For the past three months game reserves in the province have been put on high alert in fear that rhino poaching syndicates will strike again.

The task team is investigating the recent slaughter of a 14-year-old rhino cow on Kwantu Game Reserve, 80 km from Port Elizabeth, over the Easter weekend. The cow’s death led to its year-old calf being killed by a pride of lions less than two days after its mother was slaughtered for her horns. Green Scorpions deputy director Jaap Pienaar said the recent poaching attack had been expected, as the Eastern Cape was the only province not targeted by the syndicates since the beginning of the year. The Green Scorpions, who are now working with the new crack squad known as the National Wildlife Reaction Unit, will specifically tackle ongoing rhino poaching, and other matters relating to care of the environment.

It is estimated that one rhino is killed every 41 hours somewhere in South Africa

Rhino pair in Port Elizabeth, SA (Credit: Matthias Maddux)

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Killed rhino found in river

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by kendickjerkins

Two boys made a startling discovery of a dead white rhinoceros in the Nkomazi River. It had been shot dead and two of its horns were missing. The poachers are unknown and the animal is believed to be from South Africa, Songimvelo Game Reserve, which is next to the area. The horn could be worth anywhere from 70,000 to 200,000 Euros, depending on how much it weighs.

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Two white rhinos killed in Free State

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2009 by kendickjerkins

Illegal rhino poaching seeps into game parks and reserves where protection should be higher.  The trade for horns pushes poachers to take more risks in order to increase their haul.  Police have no comment and have made no arrests…

Poachers killed two white rhinos at the Kenyana Game Lodge and took only their horns.  These were the last two rhinos in the game park, the older pair had been sold a few years previously.  Police are now handling the matter.

Poached rhinos’ horns are taken while the body is left to rot.

An unfortunately not too uncommon site in Africa…

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