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Rhino Horn Smuggler Arrested Near Nepal-India Border

Posted in Asia: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by kendickjerkins

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Dhangadi as he tried to smuggle a rhino horn out of Nepal. The arrest of Gagan Lama of Kada-7, Bajhang, occurred at the Dhangadi Bus Park as Lama attempted to sneak out of the country with the rhino horn.

District Forest Officer Ramesh Chand and Geta Area Forest Office Chief Ambika Prasad Proudel led the team that arrested Lama.

Lama is currently being held at the District Forest Office, and forest officials are hopeful that the arrest will lead to more information about rhino horn trading networks operating in the area.

  • Map and article courtesy Saving Rhinos
  • Photo Credit: Mark Davis

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55 Rhinos Killed in 4 Years at Kaziranga National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted in Asia: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Kaziranga National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, has had at least 55 rhinos killed there in the past 4 years; and that is only the number that is certain.  In response rangers have been cracking down on suspected poachers extremely hard, and local villagers are claiming that they have been staging poaching incidents in the park and killing innocent youths in an attempt to bolster their image.  The allegations came about when villagers from Silveta, which is 35 km outside the park border, claimed that the rangers killed an innocent villager on May 21st and claimed that he was illegally poaching within the park.  Officials later produced 4 individuals whom they claimed to be poachers in the park, but refused to release their names.  Villagers are demanding a fair inquiry into the killings be held and those who are responsible brought to justice.

A rhino mother and her baby in Kaziranga National Park.

A one-horned rhino that was shot and killed in Kaziranga National Park.

A ranger from Kaziranga National Park.

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BUSH WARRIORS RHINO WEEK…….

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Asia: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by Dori G

One of the most endangered species on our planet is the Rhino. These extraordinary creatures  are in danger of extinction in the wild, due mostly to rampant illegal slaughter for their horns and increasingly to habitat loss. If not for conservation efforts, there would be no wild rhinos alive today.

There are five species of Rhinos on our planet:
BLACK

WHITE


INDIAN – Greater one horned

JAVAN


SUMATRAN

As a celebration of these majestic animals we would like to announce this week as a Rhino Week in Bush Warriors. We have teamed up with Saving Rhinos to bring you up to date information about these majestic creatures including posters and fact sheets. Feel free and please share these fact sheets and posters with everyone you know.

As part of the Rhino week, this week’s theme in Photo Of The Day Contest will be Rhinos as well….. so if you have rhino photos that you would like to share with us pls Click Here to go and upload your photos to our Photo of The day Contest page…

Have a GREAT Week.

Dori & The Bush Warriors Clan

SA: Rhino Poaching Syndicate Busted by Government Authorities

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Last year 95% of all rhino poaching cases occurred in South Africa and Zimbabwe as rhino poaching reached a 15 year high.  Rhino horns are used in traditional Asian medicines, and more and more poaching syndicates have been forming around this highly lucrative market.  Recently one of these syndicates was shut down by the Johannesburg National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  The NPA arrested men who are accused of killing 17 rhino in Kruger National Park, the Mfolozi National Park, and a number of game farms.  Along with the arrests they seized an airplane which is thought to be used to transport poachers, transport horns, and spot and target rhinos.  Three members have already been charged and sentenced with six more awaiting trial.

A black rhino

A black rhino that was killed and then had its horn removed to be sold on the black market

A poacher, his weapons and the horn that he illegally removed from an endangered black rhino

To read the full article about the poaching syndicate’s arrest click here

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Introducing Safari.TV

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by kendickjerkins

It is with GREAT pleasure that we would like to introduce our new partner Safari.TV and a new section of our blog titled ‘Safari TV.’

As you well know by now nothing makes us more happy than seeing wildlife in  its greatness. It’s even better when you’re right there with it. But when you can’t and the only thing you have in front of you is a computer, guess what……. you now can……

It is our pleasure to introduce to you our latest partnership with WildEarth TV and their outstanding Safari TV. WildEarth is the brain child of Graham Wallington. For those of you who don’t know, Graham is a wildlife film maker and is one of the founders of the ground breaking and legendary Africam.

The Safari Channel  is headed by William Fox and broadcasts LIVE safaris daily from Djuma Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands. Every day there are two safaris one from 06h00 CAT to 09h00CAT and the other from 15h00CAT to 18h00 CAT. (these times change during the different seasons). Our Safari TV page will give you a professionally edited daily highlights from these safaris, which you are going to love…….

The safari consists of a Presenter/Expert Ranger who drives around the reserve looking for animals both big and small. A camera person sits on the back of the safari vehicle and their camera is your eyes. This gives you the viewer a fantastic feeling of actually being on the back of the vehicle as it bumps through the African Bush. If you want to talk to the Ranger in real time you can email a question through to finalcontrol@safari.tv and he will try to answer it.

The Sabi Sands is one of the top locations in South Africa for viewing game. The Sabi Sands Park which together with some other parks make up the Greater Kruger National Park. It is a conservation area where the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo, elephant) occur naturally. There are safaris in open land rovers during the day and at night, and there are also guided bush walks. Sabi Sabi has four separate lodges, Earth Lodge, Bush Lodge, Selati Lodge and Little Bush Camp. There is a licensed airstrip at Sabi Sabi with scheduled flights from Johannesburg. The area is also accessible by car and roads from Johannesburg. People travel from all over the world to visit this place and now you can join them from the comfort of  your own home or office.

The Safari Channel also hosts a number of other live show such as fire side chats with the crew, remarkable  creatures and photography shows. To learn more, please visit their website. To see highlights and blog updates, click here

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.

To read the full article about the new anti-poaching unit in South Africa click here

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Africa’s Lost Eden: A Rare Yet Hopeful Success Story

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Africa: Lions, Africa: Primates, Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Mozambique was torn apart by civil war in 1977.  During that war, 1,000,000 people died as well as almost the entire zebra, buffalo, and hippo population due to cross-fire killing. About 95% of the large animal population was decimated in Gorongosa National Park in addition to the rampant poaching to fund the war effort.  This in turn drastically affected the overall ecology of the region as some of the major players were no longer there: vegetation grew, birds lost their nesting habitat, fires began much more common, etc.

The park was shut down and abandoned in 1983 as clashes between opposing forces waged on for another decade. However, a relocation program was implemented in which elephants, buffalo and hopefully soon, other animals will be reintroduced into the Gorongosa National Park.  A group of scientists are trying to save this park and the species that used to be there so that another chunk of their only remaining  territory is not lost. Led by the US based Carr foundation, in collaboration with the government of Mozambique, the foundation invested about $10 million into the parks restoration between 2004-2007. Due to the rapid success of the three year project the government of Mozambique and the Carr foundation agreed in 2008 to sign a 20-year agreement to restore and co-manage the park. Today thousands of visitors visit the park annually which is open from 6am – 6pm.

Lioness in Gorongosa National Park

Urema Lake in Gorongosa National Park

A hippo and wading birds back in Gorongosa National Park.

National Geographic Wild has aired a 1 hour special on Gorongosa National Park titled ‘Africa’s Lost Eden’

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Chad’s New Elephant Guardians…

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Keeping to his promise to ensure that Chad’s elephants fate will not become the same as in its neighboring countries, President Idriss Deby has deployed a highly trained military unit from the Chadian armed forces to aid in the protection of Zakouma National Park and its flora and fauna. This unit is working in conjunction with the existing ranger teams that are currently on the ground.

President Idriss Deby Burying poached Ivory


The legendary Zakouma National Park
was created in 1963, and was Chad’s first national park, it has an area of almost 3000 square kilometres (1200 square miles) and  is entirely surrounded by the
Bahr Salamat Faunal Reserve, which is a conservation area of roughly 20,600 square kilometres.

Zakuma’s Legendary Elephant Herds


For many years Zakouma was neglected during the period of civil conflict, but with the arrival of President Deby to power a restoration has began and is continuing to date. Zakuma boasts in rich  and diverse wildlife population that includes over 44 species of large mammals as well as many species of birds.

Zakouma National Park has been nominated to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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South Africa: Poachers Strike Pilanseberg: Suzi RIP – The first rhino to be poached in its 31 year history

Posted in Africa: Rhinos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by kendickjerkins

An endangered Black Rhino was poached in the Pilanesberg National Park, the first rhino to be poached in this Park in its 31 year history. The 26 year old female, known as Suzi, was shot 4 times, one of the shots in the front leg “knee” joint probably to prevent her from running away or attacking, before both horns were removed by pangas.

Two holes were found in the boundary fence in a remote area of the park. Park management immediately called in a helicopter to search the area to see if the breaches in the fence were linked to rhino poaching, when the carcass of Suzi was spotted from the air. The gang had walked through the bush until finding Suzi where she was shot and her horns were removed. A full forensic investigation was carried out at the scene by the South African Police Services and spent cartridges, as well as other evidence, was found.

Suzi and her calf

Poachers removed her horn with pangas (machetes) and the knee bullet wound is visible

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Brutal Black Rhino Slaying Leaves an Infant Orphaned

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

At 2 AM on Saturday a 14-year old black rhino carcass was found that in the Kwantu Game Reserve, which is only about 80 km from Port Elizabeth.  The rhino had been killed, then both of its’ horns had been removed and the body and had been partially covered with sticks.  This particular rhino was a female with a one-year old weaning calf that rangers are trying to find in order to assess whether or not it needs continued weaning.  Rhino calves normally wean for eighteen months, so it is important that the calf be found sooner rather than later in order to increase its chances of survival.  An investigation into the killing is currently underway, and all game reserves in the area are on high alert in case more attacks are planned.

The dead rhino’s head with both horns removed in Kwantu Game Reserve.

An orphaned black rhino calf

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