Archive for Rhino Horn

One of World’s Last Javan Rhinos Murdered by Poachers in Vietnam

Posted in Asia: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by kendickjerkins

A Javan rhino, one of the world’s rarest large mammals, has been found shot dead with its horn chopped off in a national park in southern Vietnam, a suspected victim of poachers.

A team of rangers found the rhino’s carcass April 29 inside Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province, said park official Bach Thanh Hai. It had already fully decayed, and authorities believe it could have died more than three months ago, he said.

Hai said the animal had been shot one time through the front leg and its horn — considered a valuable ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine — had been removed.

Authorities suspect that there are only three to five Javan rhinos left in Vietnam!

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SA Opposition Party Wants Action Against Rhino Poaching

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by kendickjerkins

South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party last week urged President Jacob Zuma’s government to pressure Zimbabwe and other neighbouring countries to act to curb exports of poached rhino horns. DA water and environmental spokesman Gareth Morgan said: “South Africa needs to put pressure on our neighbouring countries, most notably Mozambique and Zimbabwe, to ensure that those countries make it far more difficult for illegally-gained rhino horn to leave the continent for foreign markets.” Morgan called for a multi-stakeholder approach to curb poaching activities in the region. “Winning the war against rhino poaching will be a difficult task. The demand for rhino horn from markets in Asia is growing, and its high value means that criminal syndicates will go to great lengths to obtain horns.”

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Rhino Poaching on the Rise

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by kendickjerkins

Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Demand for Rhino horns is being driven by Middle Eastern  and Asian countries where some consider it to have medicinal purposes. The report documents the decrease in the effectiveness of law enforcement and the ongoing increase in poaching activities.

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