Tag Archives: South Africa

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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It squeaks: baby white rhino caught on video

Amid all the doom and gloom of rhino poaching, it’s worth an occasional reminder to ourselves of why rhinos are such amazing creatures, and worth our energy and effort to save.  On a recent visit to KwaZulu-Natal we shot some video of white rhinos at a waterhole, including a very small calf.  If you’ve never […]

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Rhino calves ‘suffer PTSD’ as poaching violence escalates

Ithuba is six and half months old. He’s a white rhino calf and the first inpatient at the new rhino orphanage at Thula Thula private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He’s had a bad night and his carers are concerned about his situation. There’s a real sense of tension in the air. His […]

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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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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 poaching to outstrip population growth in 2014

There is to be no New Year let up for beleaguered rhinos as leading experts warn the ‘tipping point’ for these animals, where poaching out-paces population growth and rhino numbers start going into decline, is likely to come in 2014, two years earlier than previously predicted. We met up with leading South African vet and […]

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