Jun. 03, 2019  This update was written by Dr. Maureen Wanjiku Kamau, Veterinary Research Fellow in One Health for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. My name is Dr. Maureen Wanjiku Kamau, and I am a veterinary research fellow in one health for the Global Health Program. I am based in my home country
Rhinoceros populations across Africa are threatened by poaching, habitat loss and disease. Kenya is home to a significant rhinoceros population, which includes the last two northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), roughly 80 percent of the remaining critically endangered eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) and a healthy population of southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum). As
When Petronel Nieuwoudt was a young girl and her grandfather took her out fishing in South Africa’s Limpopo province, he never baited his hook. But he would happily cast the bait upon the waters. “I said, ‘Grandad, listen; we’re not catching anything.’ “And he said the most beautiful thing to me, ‘We’re just doing it
Anna Merz with Samia. The rhino would follow her around like a dog even after she was grown. Anna Merz, who went to Kenya seeking a serene retirement but became so appalled by the slaughter of black rhinoceroses that she helped start a reserve to protect them, becoming a global leader in the fight against their
Last week, Zoo Miami welcomed a baby greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros, born to a seven-year-old female named Akuti. The birth marked a big win in the effort to conserve the species, not only because every new calf matters to the struggling Indian rhino population, but also because this is the first time in recorded history
Entry in National geographic Travel Photo Contest 
VIETNAM is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa 1,100 rhinos were killed by poachers. And today there are only about 29,500 left in the world. Considerable efforts have been devoted to reducing the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam. In 2015, the
A four-year long investigation by the Conflict Awareness Project (CAP) has uncovered evidence that an international gunrunning network funneled thousands of high-caliber hunting rifles from Europe and the U.S. to poaching kingpins in southern Africa, touching off a massive poaching crisis. Poachers have killed 8,000 rhinos over the last 10 years, nearly two every day.
One wildlife photographer got an intimate look at Africa’s rhino poaching crisis—and the experience was haunting. A desperate move to safeguard rhinos While I’ve been well-aware of the poaching crisis, this past year I came face-to-face with its brutality and scope. It was a truly haunting experience At the beginning of 2016, I spent time
Series description  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 legalisation of the trade in horn. But there is hope. This is the
Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and conservationist Jane Goodall have joined a list of famous names who have signed an open letter to South Africa’s government calling for an end to rhino poaching.  More than 1,000 rhinos were killed across the country in 2017 for the fifth year running.  The international monitoring group Traffic says nearly
Three convicted Rhino poachers have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each in the Makhanda (Grahamstown) High Court.  The 40-year-old Forget Ndlovu, 38-year-old Jabulani Ndlovu and 37-year-old Skhumbuzo Ndlovu faced over 50 charges related to the poaching of 13 rhinos across the Eastern Cape. The public gallery in the courtroom was packed with conservation workers,
DYK #dogs have such a powerful sense of smell that they can sniff out even the smallest amounts of ivory and rhino horn dust? This week the AWF Officials and Peace Parks handed over these trusty allies to the Mozambican government to help fight the #illegalwildlifetrade.
A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago – much longer than previously thought. Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia. New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually
Five years after two rhinos survived a vicious poaching attack that left them severely injured and a bull dead, they have been returned to the wild. Fully rehabilitated, but dehorned to deter further poaching attacks, they are living testimony of the rehabilitation work the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) performs on injured and orphaned animals brought to the Centre. On Monday 3

Operation Rhino

OPERATION RHINO – our Vet team recently translocated a critically endangered black rhino to a new reserve to improve the population’s genetic diversity. Watch this VIDEO with the SOUND ON to see how we did it! Read more here: WE NEED YOUR HELP! Each rhino procedure costs us around USD $700 in veterinary drugs, equipment,
China has prohibited the trade in Rhino and Tiger body parts since 1993. This ban was suddenly reversed last week and this allows parts from captive animals to be used for scientific, medical, and cultural uses. The Chinese State Council said powdered forms of rhino horn and dead tiger bones could be used in “qualified
A black rhino has died during a medical procedure to extract its semen to help preserve the critically endangered species. Kata-Kata, a 28-year-old male rhinoceros, died at the The Zoo de Doue in the town of Doue-la-Fontaine in west-central France‘s Maine-et-Loire department. Vets tried to extract semen out of the 1.1-tonne rhino in a bid to inseminate