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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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Save the Rhino dismay at horn trade ruling

Rhino conservationists have reacted with alarm and dismay to a South African High Court ruling that lifts a ban on domestic trade of rhino horn within the country. Judge Francis Legodi today struck down the moratorium on domestic trade imposed by the South African government in 2009, saying the government had failed to properly consult […]

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Could synthetic horn help save the rhino?

Could a synthetically produced imitation of rhino horn undermine the black market in poached horn, and help save the rhino? That’s the intriguing proposition behind Pembient, a San Francisco-based biotech start-up, which plans to bio-engineer a faux rhino horn that’s genetically indistinguishable from the real thing, and sell it to Asian consumers at prices below […]

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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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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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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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Experts’ wish list for World Rhino Day

For World Rhino Day on September 22 Project African Rhino asked leading rhino experts, charities and conservationists one question: What single thing would you like to see happen in the next 12 months to help bring an end to the poaching? Cathy Dean, Director – Save the Rhino International: If I had to pick one […]

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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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