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Legal horn trade debate produces heat – and light

The world rallied to the global financial crisis and the ebola crisis; they need to rally to the current global poaching crisis. Fierce debate over legalising the trade in rhino horn has split South Africa’s conservation lobby in recent months. Now a groundbreaking debate on the issue, held recently in Cape Town, has paved the […]

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Kenya’s black rhinos gaining ground

Some welcome good news from Kenya, where the land available for black rhino is being extended by some 8,000 hectares, with the establishment of the Mutara Conservancy in the Laikipia region. The new conservancy borders Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is home to a significant proportion of Kenya’s black rhino population. Ol Pejeta will assist in […]

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‘Help a ranger – Save a rhino’ charity’s urgent Xmas appeal

‘Camping equipment, cooking equipment, boots, wet weather gear – wet weather stuff in particular. Poachers don’t stop for the bad weather, they quite like the bad weather’ …anti-poaching ranger, Hluhluwe iMfolozi reserve, South Africa. When we ask rangers we meet in Africa, fighting against poaching on the frontline, living rough, deep in the bush for […]

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Kenya’s rhinos: the good, the bad and the ugly

It’s two years since we reported on ambitious plans to introduce rhinos to Borana Conservancy in Kenya’s Laikipia region, bucking the trend of many landowners who were removing rhinos in the face of poaching threats. Now there’s more good news: Borana and neighbouring Lewa Conservancy are dropping the fence separating the two properties, to create […]

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From rhinos to rosewood – illegal trade is on the up

For around two and a half years now, we’ve tried to keep a focus on what’s happening with the poaching of African rhinos via this awareness raising campaign. As a result we’ve become fairly well versed in the wide-ranging and complex issues of the international wildlife trade – the third largest illegal business in the […]

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EIA: Why a legal trade in rhino horn won’t work

In a bid to reduce rhino poaching, the South African government is considering tabling a proposal to legalise trade in rhino horn at the 17th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016. It’s a hugely controversial issue, with passionate advocates and opponents. In […]

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India to adopt Africa’s rhino DNA database

RhODIS, the rhino DNA indexing system developed in South Africa to help investigate illegal horn trafficking, is to be used in India to help prevent poaching of greater one-horned rhinos. Dr Cindy Harper, director of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria where RhODIS was developed, and Rod Potter, a South African […]

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Rhinos Now A Bigger Tourist Draw

The economic importance of rhinos to South Africa’s tourist industry has been underlined in new research which has found the threatened animals have become a bigger tourist draw in Kruger National Park, with more people prepared to pay to see them. The viewing value of Kruger’s rhinos now constitutes about R112 million (£6.4 million) per […]

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Rhino extinction would impact other species

It’s not only rhinos that are impacted by the rhino poaching crisis, the very landscape they inhabit could also be affected. New research published in the Journal of Ecology suggests that the reintroduction of white rhinos to South Africa’s Kruger national park has changed the structure and composition of the park’s savanna grasslands, indicating that […]

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WWF targets Vietnam market for rhino horn’s ’emotional’ benefits

The recent announcement from Vietnam’s Prime Minister asking all government departments to react strongly on wildlife crime is good news and an important step forward in the fight to end rhino poaching, according to the WWF’s Rhino Programme Manager for South Africa, Dr Jo Shaw. ‘It’s a significant step in the right direction, similar to […]

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