Over the past decade, nearly 6,000 rhinos have been killed for their horns — primarily in South Africa, where 5,098 were poached between 2005 and 2015 to supply a lucrative black market. Yet recently at the world’s largest-ever wildlife trade conference, some officials continue to advocate for legalizing the rhino horn trade.
Three members of the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism team were finalists in the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. Oxpeckers editor Fiona Macleod and Namibian associate John Grobler were short-listed for a 10-month-long investigation in 2015 that uncovered political and commercial agendas driving the world’s largest black rhino population toward extinction.
The first class of dogs graduated in July 2015 from the African Wildlife Foundation’s anti-trafficking program, Conservation Canines. Eight graduates operate at airports and seaports in Kenya and Tanzania effectively sniffing out wildlife products.