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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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It’s official South Africa Declares War on Poachers: New Steps Taken to Curb Wildlife Crimes

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by kendickjerkins

The South African government has just allocated 2 million rands (approximately $270,000) to set up an anti-poaching unit.  According to Buyelwa Sonjica, the water and environment minister, 55 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa this year for horns.  The major focus for this National Wildlife Reaction Unit will be Kruger National Park as well as other reserves in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.  300 prosecutors and 200 magistrates have also been trained in environmental crimes in preparation for the opening of a new court dedicated to just that.

A rhinoceros on the side of the road in Kruger National Park.

A ranger with over 100 illegally trapped fish in Kruger National Park.

Two anti-poaching rangers from South Africa with confiscated wire snares.

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