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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Polar bears, elephants and rhinos fail to get backing from CITES officials

The Convention in Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat have released their recommendations to the Convention of Parties (CoP) who will be meeting next month in Bangkok. They have rejected proposals submitted by countries to change the protection for polar bears, elephants and rhinos. The three big mammal species are probably the most high-profile species to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rhinos to pay the cost of diplomatic brinksmanship

Vietnam’s failure to make time for the signing of the memorandum of understanding on poaching with South Africa looks to be the latest round in a series of tit-for-tat diplomacy on the rhino. It is the latest in a series of action undertaken by both sides as conservationists strive to conserve one of South Africa’s great beasts. Stopping […]

Vietnams no show for rhino protection agreement

One of the highlights of this weeks meeting in Hyderabad, India, of the gathering of environment ministers for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity should have been the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between South Africa and Vietnam on tackling rhino poaching. The problem is the Vietnamese minister is nowhere to be seen. […]

Game conservancy association blasts South Africa government for rhino inaction

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association has blasted the South African government for missing the 4th October deadline for putting the issue of rhino horn trading on the agenda for the 2013 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).  By dragging its heels and […]

Militants blamed for the attacks on Indias rhinos.

Following the attacks on 4 one-horned rhinos last week which left 3 dead and one other struggling for survival after having it’s horn hacked away while still alive, the Assam Home Secretary G.D. Tripathi has announced an army operation against the militant group  Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) believed to be behind the attacks. While the attacks are currently being […]

A bloody 2 months for South African rhinos

The latest statistics from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs has shown that the last 2 months has been a bloody time for the rhino. 100 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in under 2 months. It’s now almost inevitable that the number of rhino killed in 2012 will be greater than 2011 […]

Rhino poaching soars as South Africa ponders legalising trade

Figures release by the South African government has shown that rhino poaching has soared in the first 6 months of 2012.  281 rhino has so far been killed by poachers with the Kruger National Park bearing the greatest losses at 164. The Department of Environmental Affairs released the figures earlier today and it’s led  to projections […]

After 16 months it’s a boy!

After a near 16 month pregnancy one  of the most endangered species in the world has seen a new bouncing baby boy born. The new baby Sumatran rhino is only the fifth one ever to have been born in captivity in the last 123 years. The rhino calf and its mother, Ratu, are doing well at […]

2012 is the International Year of the Rhino

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia has declared that 2012 is the International Year of the Rhino in order to raise awareness of the threats facing the species. The campaign was launched on 5th June following a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) and other wildlife organisations. President Yudhoyono was the ideal choice to launch the campaign as […]

Boost for Javan Rhinos as juveniles caught on film

With an estimated 50 individuals left in the wild the Javan rhino is probably the most endangered large mammal on the planet. The Javan Rhino Conservation Working Group (CWG) who are responsible for a 5 year management plan of the rhino in the Ujung Kulon National Park have just released camera trap footage of rhinos including juveniles. […]