Tag Archives: anti-poaching

Photographers unite to save the rhino in 2017

It’s always good to be able to start the New Year on a positive note. So the launch of a major new ‘photography for conservation’ project for rhinos this month certainly gets the thumbs up from Project African Rhino, not only because we hope to play a small part in its success, but also because […]

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Should rhino horn trade be legalised?

Today is World Environment Day, the theme – illegal wildlife trafficking.  Whether or not to legalise the trade in rhino horn has been one of the hottest controversies surrounding the poaching crisis.  The South African government has backed off plans to seek the legalisation of an international horn trade later this year at the CITES convention, […]

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The poaching of white rhino bull #109

Yesterday we published an interview with Simon Naylor, reserve manager at Phinda private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, revealing the full impact of poaching on the reserve’s rhinos, finances and staff.  Today we publish his report of a recent poaching incident. The report has been edited to remove location and identity information for […]

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At the sharp end – the true cost of rhino poaching

How bad is the rhino poaching in Africa right now and how big a toll is the deadly horn trade taking on those battling to save them day in, day out? Reserve manager Simon Naylor of Phinda  game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has just had the job of dehorning their population of rhinos 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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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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CSI at the sharp end in rhino war

A ground-breaking rhino DNA database being used to dramatically improve prosecution of poachers and horn traffickers may be extended to help fight the illegal trade in body parts of lions and other African species. The RhoDIS database created by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria, already has DNA profiles from more […]

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Anti-poachers raise their sights

Jabulani Ngubane was fresh from a ‘bust’. He’d just been with South African police when they arrested two men, part of a multi-million dollar rhino horn smuggling syndicate, at a toll booth on the Johannesburg to Durban road, and he was still buzzing. As rhino security intervention co-ordinator for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the provincial body […]

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