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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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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 Stuffed Rhino – A Day at the Museum

  Last week we were welcomed into Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Scotland on an unusual mission. We were there to photograph staff taking DNA samples of rhino horn from stuffed animals to help in the fight against rhino horn thefts from museums in the UK and across Europe. We felt a bit like extras […]

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UK police target rhino horn and ivory traffic

An online antiques dealer was today fined NZ$12,000 (£6,300) by a New Zealand court for illegally trading in ivory. Jiezhen Jiang was caught after customs officers intercepted two parcels containing ivory in the mail. Other ivory artefacts were found at his home, and the court heard that Jiang had been buying and reselling objects online, […]

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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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Sampleof black rhino horn for DNA sampling

DNA profilers target rhino horn thieves

The offices and laboratories may be shiny and modern, but CSI Miami it ain’t. On a damp, grey Scottish morning, the SASA complex on the western fringes of Edinburgh feels a million miles away from Florida’s steamy tropical surroundings. A million miles away from the heat and dust of the African savannah too, come to […]

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