Monday, 13 November 2017 by Staff Writer
Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa deals with the poaching problem on a daily basis. The park, has lost a staggering total of nine rhinos in eight weeks.
One bloodhound that we bred and trained, Diesel, has recently been deployed to protect rhinos at a rhino orphanage. Not long after arriving Diesel was responsible for catching five would be rhino poachers. Diesel did an amazing job by tracking the poachers for more than 10 kilometres and took the rangers straight into the poacher’s bush camp. A proud moment for us and Diesel!
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.