One less rhino poacher

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  1. saeng101

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    From the Zululand Observer


    Tuesday, 17 April 2012


    Ndumo poaching suspect shot dead by rangers



    STORY: Rachelle Breed


    A suspected rhino poacher died in a shoot-out with wildlife rangers at Ndumo Game Reserve on the KZN northern border with Mozambique. The Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife anti-poaching unit tracked three suspected poachers following covert information about a rhino hunt planned for last Tuesday night. The confrontation started when the men allegedly fired at the unit with rifles. The rangers exchanged fire, wounding one. He died before an ambulance could arrive. Two suspects managed to escape. Last week the Magudu Court heard from Warrant Officer JP Roux of Durban Organised Crime that heavily armed poachers often fire on game rangers.

    He was testifying in the bail application of two farmers and two game rangers, the so-called Magudu Four, an alleged poaching syndicate. Rhino poachers are often well armed and shoot-outs have occurred when field rangers have confronted armed poachers. Conservation rangers are therefore risking their lives protecting rhino. He also said the community feared coming forth with information.

    Extinction threat
    We are fast approaching the stage where extinction of all rhino in the world is a distinct possibility. The financial impact of rhino poaching on the game industry is serious. h Te costs of employing guards and erecting extra security measures are astronomical and many farmers have sold their rhino as a result, Roux said. Rhino owners are starting to consider it a liability. This could result in reduced demand for live rhino and a corresponding drop in prices. None of the Black or White rhino up for auction were sold at the 13 August 2010 Vleisscentraal Game Auction at Alldays, yet other game species sold.

    Economic backlash
    Roux said an estimated 20 000 White Rhino remain in SA. The decline in average sale value reflects a drop in asset value of the country's White Rhino of R1.5-billion. The asset value of the country's remaining White Rhino has effectively been reduced by just over R300 000 per rhino poached over the period 2008-2010 (494 up to 5 December 2010). The reduced demand and prices for rhino will have significant negative consequences for conservation agencies, the private sector and communities raising revenues from rhino sales. Concerns have also been expressed about the costs and human risk of holding legal horn stocks in the private sector.

    Not cheap
    Successful rhino conservation is not cheap. There has been a significant investment in rhino protection, monitoring and management, said Roux. The high costs are carried by tax payers and citizens. By way of contrast many of the benefits of illegal trade accrue to citizens outside the country. 糎ildlife trade research and monitoring group TRAFFIC revealed most of the big illegal profits accrued to couriers, officials, wholesalers and retailers based in consuming countries.
     
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    Good Luck to the Ezemvelo KZN Anti-poaching Teams.
     
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    Good luck to the Rangers and keep up the good work.
     
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    good luck to all anti poaching teams every where. i have had quite a few people who dont hunt let alone shoot, and would definitely never kill an animal tell me they would happily shoot poachers , and if i could arrange it they would pay to do it!!
     
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    Unfortunately not enough of them are shot !!!!!
     
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    Hluhluwe Umfolozi NP will gladly take your donation to help with Anti Poaching Units!
     
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    I will say that Ezemvelo has been very proactive. The rhino deaths in KZN have come way down. From what I hear through the rumor mill they have some new approaches that will help any more. We are currently about 175 poached rhinos for the year, a high percentage in Kruger. Even with they army there theey don't seem to getting it under control.
     
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    funny you should mention them, they are sci london uk chapters recipients from their fund raising. :thumb:
     
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    Brickburn and I belong to an organization that puts a lot into them in labour. I am always impressed with what they get done.
     
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    good to hear, when we get the info/news letter how they are using the money, they look and sound very keen and jacked up.
     
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    I met two of the rangers that were out on foot patrol, while touring the park near sunrise. Most tourists were still in bed at that time of day, so I had to take a second look to make sure they were not poachers.
    The Automatic weapons, uniforms and willingness to chat convinced me they were supposed to be there.

    You have to be tough and keen to do that job.
     
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    for sure
     
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    I do enjoy the outcome of this original post, and it is great that there is a way to help finance the conservation effort for the Rhino in particular ( and to support the extinction of Rhino-poachers:gunshooting::letsparty::samurai:)
     
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    And one less exporter.

    Johannesburg - A Vietnamese man has been arrested for possession of three rhino horns, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said on Monday.
    The 25-year-old was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday when the horns were found in his luggage, spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.
    The three horns weighed about 13.9kg in total and had an estimated street value of R7.05m.
    The man was leaving South Africa when his bags were searched by the Hawks, Airports Company SA officials and Sars.
    "The man has travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested," said Lackay.
    He was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
    - SAPA
     
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    Wonder if they used profiling?
     
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    I bet SAPS would break out laughing if they heard what US cops have to do to avoid a profiling charge.

    I did find it interesting that Hawks were involved, serious stuff for theem to be around.
     
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    Poetic justice, note that it was That Dung involved with the rhino export. Wonder if his parents knew what he was going to gow up to be when they named him.

    Alleged Vietnamese horn smuggler in court
    2012-04-24 20:10



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    Johannesburg - A Vietnamese man allegedly found with three rhino horns appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.

    "The case was postponed to May 4 for bail application. He is remanded in custody," spokesperson Adrian Lackay said.

    The 25-year-old, That Thai Dung, was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday when the horns were found in his luggage.

    The man was leaving South Africa when his bags were searched by the Hawks, Airports Company SA officials and Sars.

    "The man has travelled to South Africa before and he was being closely monitored when he was arrested," said Lackay.

    Opposing bail, Activists for Animals Africa protested outside the court on Tuesday.

    "We want a very strong message to be sent out by justice that you will remain in jail if found in any way to be involved in the illegal trade of rhino horn," spokesperson Miranda Jordan said in a statement.

    Lackay said Dung faced various charges, including contravening the Customs and Excise Act.
     
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    I hope that they throw away the key on all these poachers. Keep up the good work all the anti poaching units.
     
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    One less poacher! - Saved the justice department another criminal case and saved the citizens lots of money housing him in jail!!
     
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    one been shot? :headscratch:
     

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