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Earlier today, six black rhinos were loaded for transport from South Africa as the result of an unprecedented international collaboration among South Africa’s department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Chadian government, South African National Parks (SANPArks) and African Parks, to reintroduce the species to the Republic of Chad. The last black rhino was recorded in
Rhinos are fighting for survival. To feed the demand for rhino horn in the Far East poachers kill more than three every day and all the while the South African government is championing the consumptive use of rhinos and the legalization of the trade in horn. But there is hope. This is the story of
A new rhino pregnancy at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is considered a key stepping stone in the Zoo’s effort to help revive the critically endangered northern white rhino species. An embryo rests inside the belly of a southern white rhino that was brought to San Diego with five other female rhinos about two years ago.
Did you know? 86% of seized rhino horn were transported from African countries. Among these, 70% were transported from Mozambique, Kenya and South Africa. Other countries such as Congo, Angola, Uganda and Ethiopia were also mentioned by the news. A majority of horns were destined to Vietnam (88%), China (5%) and Laos and Cambodia (9%).
Security researchers say the emphasis on arresting poachers and enhancing protection for SA’s rhinos is unlikely to succeed without parallel efforts to research the demand for horn products in China and Vietnam. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researchers Ciara Aucoin and Sumien Deetlefs write that too little is being done to understand or reduce the
In addition to a status symbol for business, cures for hangovers and cancer,  Vietnamese are using poached rhino horn — mainly from SA — to console terminally ill relatives. The startling discovery  emerged during in-depth interviews with 30 recent purchasers of rhino horn in Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City. “The surprising trend is that
Intelligence sources maintain that the money trail of the loot collected by crime syndicate bosses in the Sabié/Moamba districts in Mozambique should be followed to ascertain who is really behind the state of lawlessness in the area. May 4, 2018 MBOMBELA – “The authorities should find out where the money goes,” Lowvelder was told. “What
A Kenya Wildlife Services ranger tries to cover the eyes of a two and a half year old Southern White Rhino to calm her after being shot with a tranquilizer dart shot from a helicopter The rhinos are undergoing ear notching for identification at Meru NP 350 Kilometers from Nairobi Kenya.   MERU, Kenya: Kenya
System combines drones, thermal imaging, and AI to monitor animals at night In an early field trial in South Africa, it was used to detect elusive riverine rabbits  The heat-sensitive drones could make it easier to track animals such as rhinos They could also help law enforcement agencies spot illegal poachers hunting under cover of
These incredible photographs, taken by ranger Jone at Kariega Game Reserve, capture a very intimate moment spent with rhino Thandi and her family. Thandi survived a brutal poaching on 2 March 2012. Both her horns were hacked off to be sold to people who incorrectly believe that rhino horn is medicine. Thandi miraculously survived and gave birth
The pack of hyenas encircles the mother and her offspring patiently circling while waiting for a chance to strike The clip shows the mother blocking the hyena’s advances by placing herself between them and her baby Eventually the mother is able to flee with her child running in front of her and the hyenas still
  Belle the white rhino was born at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in October 2017 to parents Nancy and Monty, but her front right foot wouldn’t extend. Staff separated the calf from its mum to look after the leg, but then the keepers had to take over feeding the 70kg tot. Belle needed 40
These images show delighted rhino guards at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary after receiving a donation from Nike that was arranged by Baby Rhino Rescue     And here are the guards at Rhino Pride Foundation with their Nike gift  
Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent. Straining at the leash, she pulls her handler along an invisible scent path laid down for her until she finds a ranger hiding in
  The number of rhinos poached in South Africa in 2017 was lower than 2016’s, according toSouth African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. Last year, 1028 rhinos were killed compared to 1054 in 2016, a decrease of 26 animals (2.5%). But it’s the fifth year running that over 1000 rhinos were killed. TRAFFIC
In Malaysian Borneo, officials at the Sabah Wildlife Department and nonprofit Borneo Rhino Alliance have been working around the clock for over a month to save the life of one of the rarest living creatures on planet Earth. Iman the Sumatran rhino began bleeding from a tumor in her uterus in mid-December at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Experts from
  The Kruger National Park and Mozambican authorities are collaborating in a bid to clamp down on rhino poaching. “Almost daily‚ we interact with our Mozambican colleagues on the ground and also at the higher levels. We meet on a regular basis and we have formed alliances so that we continue to develop alliance partnerships
Park rangers in Africa’s most famous rhino reserve are going hi-tech to push back against the relentless assault by horn poachers‚ thanks to a R10-million injection. Plans to establish new “Smart Park” strategies in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal follow a deadly poaching onslaught in the 96 000-hectare reserve where the world’s last southern white

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Oxpeckers remove insects that feast on the buffaloes. They will even remove ear wax and parasites from the rhinos ears. The birds also eat diseased wound tissue keeping wounds clean as they heal. They also alarm when a predator approaches.
Conservation and research teams have used detection dogs to locate illegal wildlife products, weapons, invasive species, and, particularly, wildlife scat–a non-invasive way to collect dietary, hormonal, and genetic information contained in fecal material. Training detection dogs builds on their obsessive drive to play by associating a target substance with the play reward. Handlers are instrumental
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