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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

“Poaching War May Be Imminent” Warn South African Police

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Two dead and another two gang members were wounded by residents of Pearly Beach South Africa after they were suspected to be behind the robbery of perlemoen from three poachers.  Police fear that a war has broken out between the gangsters and poachers after a gangsters house was attacked and set on fire.  13 people have been arrested and are expected to appear in Gansbaai Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.  Last year president Jacob Zuma said he would consider lifting the ban on perlemoen if poaching stopped; the ban had originally been imposed because of dwindling perlemoen resources.  Last year three poachers drowned in two seperate incidents on the same night, and police fear that fighting will only intesify.

A perlemoen (abalone) still in its shell

Two gangsters from the Diep River area in Cape Town South Africa

Living conditions in the slums of South Africa leading people of all ages, including children, to take to the streets and join gangs or poaching syndicates as a means of subsistence

To read the full article on the poaching war click here

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Black Rhinos Back in the Serengeti

Posted in Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by kendickjerkins

The black rhino population in the Serengeti in Tanzania was decimated by poachers in the 1960s and 70s; the population crashed from around 1000 to just over 70.  However,  7 black rhinos were removed and taken to South Africa to start a breeding program, which is now up to 50, so that they could be reintroduced. 32 critically endangered East African black rhinos are set to be flown from South Africa back to their habitat in Tanzania’s Serengeti Park, and so far 5 have made it as of Friday.  The Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete warned of past events of an example of what can go wrong and pledged to not allow history to repeat itself.  A special force of law enforcement officers have been trained to help take care of these rhinos and to not let the poaching cause this species to go extinct in the Serengeti…again.

One of the black rhinos that is being transported back to it’s homeland.

The elusive Black Rhino with gray-crowned cranes flying past (Credit: Stuart Barr)

A black rhino horn and the arrested poacher who was found carrying it.

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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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Legendary Tusker Tracked in Kruger National Park

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by kendickjerkins

One of the oldest tuskers in Kruger National Park (KNP), Duke, has been fitted with a tracking collar in an effort to track his whereabouts should he die.

Reynold Thakhuli, of South African National Parks (SANParks), said Duke was approaching his final few days in the bush and he might die any day and that SANParks, would like to keep his skull in the Elephant Hall Museum of the Letaba Camp of KNP for future generations and research purposes.

Thakhuli said it was estimated that Duke had lived in the KNP bush for more than 55 years. “As a sign of aging he has already lost both his tusks while walking the vast area in KNP and he is also on his last set of teeth which makes it difficult for digestion. Fortunately the tusks were found and will be placed at the museum.”

(Credit: Petits Voyages)

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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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Are elephants an ‘African natural resource’ or of deeper value?

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Following the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Qatar, Botswana has threatened to pull out of the convention, and remove elephants from the list of species under protection. As expected, the elephants issue dominated this year’s CITES debate and further divided African countries. It has also emerged that Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are unhappy with CITES. The convention banned the ivory trade. Pulling out, which is defined as reservation by species, has been mooted as a possibility, which will allow the countries to sell their ivory stockpiles.

SADC states, including Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, will meet throughout April, in Malawi to work out a strategy. The possibility to go into reservation follows on the proposal backed by 23 other elephant range nations that would have extended the trade moratorium on ivory trade to 20 years, from the current nine years.

Botswana has about 18 tonnes of legal ivory in its stocks and spends over P700 000 annually to secure the stock. At the last sale the country earned over US$7 million. The decision by CITES to reject Zambia’s proposal has been described as “a ban on the use of African natural resources”. According to the IMWC World Conservation Trust, these decisions mean that “significant ivory stocks will now be left in storage instead of generating revenue for use in elephant conservation. Africans are effectively being barred from utilizing their own natural resources.”

As the war on poaching rages on and the subject of ivory remains highly controversial many questions are raised regarding the fate of elephants. Are they, as some say a natural resource…better yet a national resource or do elephants hold a higher, irreplaceable and invaluable spot in this world?

(Credit: Chas Rob)

(Credit: Miha Krofel)

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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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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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