rhino

Minister calls for shoot to kill policy in Botswana

The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana Parliament, Pono Moatlhodi, has called for the immediate introduction of a shoot to kill policy to tackle poachers targeting rhino and elephants in the country. His call for a new tougher stance against the poachers comes just days after Mozambique declared that the Limpopo National Park lost its last…

black rhino

Is rhino poaching about to hit the UK?

Two of the world’s leading breeding centres for the black rhino run by the Aspinall Foundation in the UK have been given specific warnings this weekend that their breeding centres at Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent are being targeted by rhino poachers. The parks are now appealing for volunteers to help the centres maintain security…

indian rhino

Two rhino killed a day after the Kaziranga rhino census

It was celebrations all round on Monday as the first figures released from the Kaziranga National Park rhino census showed that the population grew by 39 in a year. Sadly that celebration was short lived as poachers killed 2 rhino in the park on Tuesday- just a day after the census and brings to 19…

indian rhino

Kaziranga National Park begins promised rhino survey

The promised new census of one-horned rhino – or Indian rhino – at Kaziranga National Park has gotten underway. The census began yesterday and is expected to be completed by tomorrow.  The new census was promised last month by the Assam state authorities after a sudden spike in rhino poaching at the park. Sadly the…

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South Africa rhino poaching breaks 100 barrier

Rhino poaching in South Africa has broken the 100 barrier for the year with the latest figures released today by the Department of Environmental Affairs. So far in 2013 102 rhino have been killed by poachers for their horns. In the last week alone 4 rhino were lost in the Kruger National Park and another…

Breaking: Military operations underway in Kaziranga National Park

News has started to come through of military operations in Kaziranga National Park which began this morning at 02.00am local time. The operations against poachers in the park involves forest guards, police and a India Reserve Battalion (IRBN). The search for poachers is concentrated on the Burpahar range of the World Heritage Site.  The security forces…

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Thai customs intercepts rhino horn courier

Customs officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand,  intercepted a courier yesterday (Sunday) as the Vietnamese national was waiting for a connecting flight. The man had 6 pieces of rhino horn in his baggage weighing just over 10kg and valued at over USD600,000. The  56 year old man had flown in from Ethiopia and was waiting for…