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    What I don't understand, over the new reports they say the "17 rhinos were presumably hunted earlier" some of them maybe 2 / 3 years ago
    Firstly, this is POACHING, not hunting, this has absolutely nothing to do with hunting, but reports like this give the industry a poor name
    Secondly, how the hell do they discover rhino carcasses now that might have been poached 3 years ago... Surely whoever owns the land ensures that they at least get in the veld... How does the management of such a ranch explain that they only discover this now, hell no wonder the poachers get away with it, despite best effors by loads of people and communities...
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    Like I say - draw your own conclusions. you hear a gunshot at night or find a dead rhino you call the police etc.

    If they are dragged or herded to a spot on the farm that 'no one' ever goes to without reporting it- it's called 'clean up'

    not making accusations here- but you have to imagine that SOMEONE on the farm is covering it up....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver
    1. Rhinos are critically endangered
    At the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos. In 1970, there were around 70,000. Today, there are fewer than 24,500 rhinos surviving in the wild.
    Hey Tony, very nice little writeup but your first point needs a minor addendum,

    not to question your numbers because I do not know what the Asian populations etc were at the time, but just before the turn of the 20th century, around the mid 1880's there were no more than 100 Southern White Rhino in South Africa, hunted literally to extinction.

    A major conservation effoert was put in place and today, the Southern White Rhino population numbers around 16000 , more than all the other rhino species put together. The Northern White is to all extents and purposes extinct with the last number I heard , about 8 in total of which 4 are in zoos.


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    Four white rhino were poached for their horns in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, as one of them, a mother, left behind a calf, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Monday.

    "A female white rhino was shot during the early hours of Friday in the Emakhosini-Ophathe Heritage Park... the rhino had a calf which survived and is being nursed at the Centenary Game Capture Centre in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park," said spokesperson Maureen Zimu.

    "The carcasses of another three white rhino males were found on (Friday) in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park."

    A post-mortem revealed the animals had been shot a few days earlier.

    Meanwhile, it is believed that the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife anti-poaching unit intercepted a group of suspected poachers in the Western Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Sunday.

    "(The) unit was on a routine patrol (at 16:00) when they heard a gunshot.

    "Upon investigating they came across three armed men pursuing a white rhino. (The men) disappeared into thick bush."

    She said the field rangers could find no injured rhinos in the area.

    "The unit, working with the Police Dog Unit from Empangeni, combed the whole area without finding a rhino carcass."

    She said the search would continue until the unit was satisfied that no animal had been hurt.

    Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO, Dr Bandile Mkhize, has reiterated that the war against rhino poaching will be intensified in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, with a further 18 field rangers being added to the park's staff and additional specialised equipment being provided.
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    Exclamation Rangers must shoot to Kill

    The rangers must spare no mercy.The Rangers must shoot on sight,no questions asked!!!!Thanks for raising the issue.The more we are made aware of this sick plight the better.

    Long live the Rhino

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    We must all go and see rhino's wile we still can. Humans will have them extinct in less than no time...

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    Hi Gents
    The loss of Rhino from Bora was a great concern last year. In total we lost 16 possably 18. We try to make sure we see as many of the marked animals as the bush allows us too. I can assure you that seroius action was taken to protect the rhino's in Bora. A permanent APU was established and with the help of "Stoprhinopoaching" a lot of protection was offered to our rhino community.
    Through the HO's Association and FOPS, we offer awareness and activity on the ground level. Unfortunatley, the "skelms" also know this and after a quiet weekend, the unwanted activity starts when the public have left.
    We remain positive and do what we can.
    Will let you guys know if there is something you can help us with.
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    That's an excellent site Piri, I hope lots of people support it.

    But, why does it seem that the more hype there is regarding the rhino poaching problem in (South) Africa, the worse the problem is getting?

    Here is another good read on the rhino poaching problem and some alternatives: http://blog.earth-touch.com/nature-n...-need-to-know/

    And as aside: Recent studies have proven that the bill and legs of the Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is the most powerful natural aphrodisiac on the planet. Maybe we have found the solution to the Indian Myna problem! Two birds one stone, and all that!
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    PS: Pity there only 2240 registered supporters, I just registered....
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    from sanparks website:

    Date: 31st January 2011
    The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced at Pretoria today that in the month of January 2011 South Africa has lost 21 rhinos.
    In the same period there have been 31 arrests made throughout the country, with 16 having been made in North West province, 10 in the Kruger National Park, three in Gauteng province and two in Limpopo. Since the beginning of the year five (5) suspected rhino poachers lost their lives during skirmishes with park rangers in the KNP, while two (2) suspects have been wounded and are still hospitalised.
    “The loss of 333 rhinos to poaching in 2010 was a devastating loss for us but we are determined that in 2011 should not happen. Anyone who is involved in poaching at whatever level will be a prime target for our investigations and we will leave no stone unturned in this respect, including going for the kingpins of these operations”, said Dr Mabunda.
    Last week SANParks announced the implementation of a new tool to assist with the fight against rhino poaching. By documenting individual rhino DNA and using this information to link recovered rhino horns to specific crime scenes, we will be able to pin individuals to a specific crime and to prosecute them for more than the lesser crime of possession alone.
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    Make that 2242.

    It seems that the poachers are now moving into the cape.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewD_KZN View Post
    Make that 2242.

    It seems that the poachers are now moving into the cape.....
    And it's not just the big parks.

    A friend of a friend who owns a small private reserve was saying that everytime they hear chopper overhead, they send out their rangers to watch the few rhino they have.

    Where are they targetting in the Cape?
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    Joined. Ill would like to get the poaching of poachers legalised!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emilevdh View Post
    And it's not just the big parks.

    A friend of a friend who owns a small private reserve was saying that everytime they hear chopper overhead, they send out their rangers to watch the few rhino they have.

    Where are they targetting in the Cape?
    In the Western Cape at a private game reserve near Mossel Bay.
    Sadly, I'm sure it's not going to be the only one in that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunami View Post
    Joined. Ill would like to get the poaching of poachers legalised!
    Support this, as well as taking the helicopters out instead of shooting at the Mynahs.
    Have a nice day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Kern View Post
    Support this, as well as taking the helicopters out instead of shooting at the Mynahs.
    Have a nice day.
    Thanks Herman, sorry that was a rather distasteful quoute that I found, and it was truly meant as tongue-in-cheek. But I think it does sort of illustrate to you how retarded the use of rhino horn really is.
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    Not to sound insensitive...
    But I'm rather ignorant in these matters...

    What good does a bunch of names on a database do?

    Is there a donation involved to actually fund the guys on the ground that try to prevent rhino poaching? Or this an empty thing where people feel better because their name is on some petition list, and it didn't cost them money?

    Are we hoping that the poachers will see the list of names and stop poaching?
    Are we hoping that a list of names inspires someone somewhere to actually give the money needed to combat poaching?

    What good does the list of names itself do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilevdh View Post
    Thanks Herman, sorry that was a rather distasteful quoute that I found, and it was truly meant as tongue-in-cheek. But I think it does sort of illustrate to you how retarded the use of rhino horn really is.
    this link expresses it better than me: http://blog.earth-touch.com/nature-n...os-by-numbers/

    seriously, I am going to start harvesting my toenails!

    note: vid clip is graphic - anything to make a statement I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLineR View Post
    What good does a bunch of names on a database do?

    What good does the list of names itself do?
    Not much in itself, but I think it is a step in the right direction for us 'armchair conservasionists', the more aware you and your family and your community is about the problem, the more people will get involved in some or other way, this comes in so many forms.

    2249 now feel the same way
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