The vultures tell us where to go a long time before we arrive.
They are circling overhead and provide a grim indication of just where the latest rhinoceros carcass is lying.
At the moment, on average, at least two rhinos are being killed by poachers in Kruger National Park every evening.
Rhino poaching in South Africa at record levels 18% rise in killings …
Rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels, the country’s environment minister has warned, with an 18 % rise in the first four months of 2015 on the same period a year ago.
Edna Molewa said that by the end of April 2015, the number of rhino lost to poachers was 393 for the whole country, and 290 of them were poached in the Kruger national park. In 2014, 331 rhinos were poached including 212 in Kruger, she said at a media conference in Pretoria.
The vast park bordering Mozambique is home to the majority of South Africa’s 20,700 rhinos, which are killed for their horns, used in traditional Asian medicine.
Despite the appointment of a former general to oversee anti-poaching operations, a new record is set each year in the number of rhinos killed as South Africans and Mozambicans join the lucrative trade.
A total of 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014, compared with 1,004 in 2013, 668 in 2012 and 448 in 2011.
The numbers began surging in 2008 when 83 rhinos were killed. The year before that, just 13 animals were poached.
Sunday’s public briefing on rhino poaching was the first the South African government has given in months.
“This is not deliberate, it is because of the heavy load of work that we have,” Molewa said. “We are soldiering on, we do think that this fight will have to be won and we will win it.”
Since 2008, South African authorities have struggled to contain the carnage despite moving some animals out of poaching hot spots in the Kruger.
The government in February announced it would investigate whether the trade in rhino horn should be legalized and regulated to try to halt the poaching. Ha ?
Agency France-Presse contributed to this report
18% rise in killings this year, Yes & we are only half way through 2015?
Rhino’s needing some serious help from us all. We want to start using our web presence to take a stand against this crime in spreading the word World Wide …
I mean, this is one of those things in life, where we go on in our daily life oblivious to the extent of what’s really happening in the African bush today.
Right Now, this minute as you read this, there are poaching crews Real Bad People making their way across the border into south Africa …
The Kruger Park, their 1st stop, because it’s closer for the get away back Into Mozambique .. I can’t believe , Edna Molewa (environment minister), has not thought about using the South African Defense Force, to defend South Africa from poachers ???
I mean we should be at War With Poachers, Right?
Are we paying the soldiers to just sit around do nothing? Why not send them out on patrol, get some real bush time, with a real enemy?
The Thing Is, we need your help as a world community to spread the word, talk about it more.
In Europe, America, In Asia where their mental state needs a radical change in the use of animal products. News Flash Asian people who believe that Ivory will make you vital, stronger, be more popular with the lady’s in bed, You are out of your Minds.
We all must let people Know, we are about to loose or last left rhinos in the world. More reports like this are coming in every day …
Official stats show rhino poaching at record levels in South Africa – but are the real figures even higher?
393 rhino were poached across South Africa in the first four months of 2015, according to official figures.
South Africa’s official rhino poaching statistics for the first four months of 2015 have been announced – and the news is grim. The numbers show poaching levels in the country have hit a record high, with an 18 percent increase in rhinos killed compared to the same period last year. But some groups say the official statistics are not accurate, warning that the real death toll is even higher.
South Africa’s environment minister Edna Molewa made the official announcement at a media conference on Sunday, revealing that 393 rhinos had been lost to poachers across the country, with the majority of poaching incidents (290) occurring in the iconic Kruger National Park (KNP),
By the end of April this year, a total of 132 people were arrested for rhino poaching-related activities, compared with 96 people who were arrested during the same period last year, the minister said. via: Rhino poaching continues unabated in South Africa
Some great ideas are being used to combat this like this
The Promise of Drones in South Africa’s Poaching Crisis
In 2014, 1215 rhinos were killed in South Africa, a massive increase over the 333 poached in 2010. In 2011, the western black rhino was formally declared extinct, with poaching blamed as the major factor. The conservation group Saves the Rhino fears that the same thing will happen to other rhinos if current poaching trends continue.
On March 19th, South African National Parks, the conservation authority responsible for managing the country’s national parks, announced that it was evaluating the use of various UAV technologies as an anti-poaching measure. “We expect the technology to improve our response time in dealing with incidents,” SANParks board chair Kuseni Dlamini said in a release.
The argument for drones is pretty simple: In the vast open expanses and the dense undergrowth of South Africa’s wild lands, poachers can easily elude the authorities on the ground, especially with limited manpower. But if you can cheaply monitor known trouble spots from the air, rangers can be deployed and dispatched more efficiently to tackle potential problems. Authorities can also better monitor animal movements from the air, and photographs taken by drone camera might provide the evidence to secure a prosecution against a poacher.
Otto Werdmuller Von Elgg, director of UAV&Drone Solutions, a South African drone company involved in SANParks’ testing, explained that in most areas, rhino and elephants are largely unprotected at night.
World’s First All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit Fights for Rhinos in South Africa
In South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the first all-female anti-poaching unit fights to save the endangered rhino, the majestic animal on the brink of extinction.
The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded by Trans frontier Africa, an organization mobilizing to protect and save rhinos and other wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve within Kruger.
The unit is unique in that it is composed of woman, unarmed but trained in combat.
Twenty-fix Black Mambas and 23 armed guards protect the Balule region in South Africa, a country where a rhino is killed every seven hours.
And, guess what? The program is WORKING — the reserve has not seen a rhino loss in ten months while another neighboring reserve has lost 23 rhinos in the same time. Snare poaching has dropped by 90%.
The women come from the local community and serve as part of the special program created by Trans frontier Africa. Find out more about the program and how you can help on their Facebook page >>
So what can you do to help?
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