Contains Very Graphic Media: Rhino Carcass Discovered in Marakele National Park

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Date: 18th July 2013 – A fresh rhino carcass, with its horn removed, was discovered yesterday in the northern section of the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province

South African National Parks field rangers, who were out on a routine patrol, detected the tracks of three unidentified people, and followed the tracks to where they exited the Park.

Upon backtracking on the same tracks the carcass of a de-horned rhino bull was found at around 17:00 yesterday afternoon, 17 July 2013. The crime scene was secured and is currently being investigated by a SAPS forensics team together with SANParks officials.

The Marakele National Park has not had any rhino poaching incidents for the last two years according to Mr Paul Daphne, SANParks Head of Communications, who said “We are distressed at the loss of this rhino, as SANParks had put in place a number of enhanced security measures to prevent further rhino poaching in Marakele since the loss of a number of animals at the end of 2011.

Our ranger teams have been working tirelessly around the clock to ensure that rhino poachers do not establish a foothold in the Marakele National Park.”

“We will continue to fight the battle against rhino poaching, and we will be implementing further measures in order to ensure greater rhino security. We are continuing to work together with other role players to develop more effective anti-poaching strategies for the Park and also in the Greater Waterberg Biosphere area.” said Daphne.

Anyone with information can contact Poaching tip-off anonymous lines on 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Northern Region Communications
Tel: 012 426 5304

Enquiries:
Divhani Maremba
SANParks Regional Communications Manager: Northern Region
Tel: 012 426-5304; Cell: 082 941 9980
Email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org

or

Paul Daphne
Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: (012) 426 5072; Cell: 082 806 5409
Email: paul.daphne@sanparks.org

News Link:-http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=55614

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“The following video has nothing to do with the above post, but it does depict the horrific truth of how  rhino, are literally hacked to pieces for their horn; left to die a very slow agonizing death!! We have to do everything possible to stop these magnificent animals from more suffering. Please sign all petitions, share, cross posts, anything to help! We can’t let more die horrific deaths, because people choose to ignore the fact, that the rhino horn has no more health benefits; than human finger nails. Until people realize this is the truth, more will die from having their faces hacked off! If anyone has any rhino stories they feel may benefit the cause by being on a blog, please use them; we can help with the tools we have, to educate & bring more awareness to this problem. 

Very Graphic Viewer Discretion Advised – Rhino Poaching Video Shocks Journalist

Published on 8 Apr 2013

Lowvelder is currently on a media tour in the Kruger National Park where the effects of rhino poaching in this iconic park is being highlighted.

Read more on on the week’s proceedings and rhino poaching in South Africa on Looklocal Lowveld: http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/…

Please, if you were moved by the above, (unless your a corpse I don’t see how anyone couldn’t be) sign the following petitions. There are also more petitions in the page menu “new petitions added 2013”:

Ninth Rhino Killed This Year: Poached in Kaziranga

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“Only just posted a story about the crackdown on poachers…yet here we are with another just killed! The only way to stop the poaching is for more more guards to patrol the park. I just don’t understand why, when it’s been proven that Rhino horn has no medicinal values; do they still take it?? I know it was tradition, but are people in the 21st Century still so stupid as to think it works like some kind of magic? Get some sort of media campaign going to explain to the people that they might as well take rat bones, as Rhino horn is useless for medicinal purposes. Target the shop’s that sell these stupid potions etc. Get more troops on the ground & shoot to kill poachers! Watch the video below, from last year; concerning poaching etc.”

Kaziranga:  A rhino was shot dead and its horns taken away by poachers in Kaziranga National Park, taking the total number of rhinos being killed this year to nine, Park officials said today.

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Patrolling forest guards came across the bullet-riddled body of a male mature rhino near Kawoimari forest camp in Bagori range of the Park this morning, they said. “Is this saying the body was found near a forest camp for the rangers? If so, surely they could have jumped into action as soon as shots were heard??”

The forest guards also found two .303 rifles and several rounds of ammunition from the spot, they said. 

A massive search operation with sniffer dogs has been launched in the area to nab the poachers, they said. This is the ninth incident of rhino being killed in the Park since January this year.

Meanwhile, a walkathon was organised by Kaziranga University in association with Assam government’s Forest department as a part of the campaign to stop poaching of one-horned rhinoceros. It was participated by Assamese cine star Nishita Goswami, Arjuna Awardee Arjun Bhogeswar Baruah, Guinness Book World Record Holder Abhijeet Baruah along with several people from school, colleges and sports persons.

Also, forest guards found two .303 rifles from Bishwanath Bhola Chapori in Sonitpur district. The two rifles were found in the jungles near the northern bank of river Brahmaputra, a part of Kaziranga National Park’s sixth addition, forest officials said.

The arms recovered today was suspected to have been used by poachers who killed a rhino and removed its horn in the Park’s western range, where two rifles and several rounds of ammunitions were already recovered.

A massive search operation was on to nab the poachers who were suspected to have escaped to the northern side of the Park, sources added.

News Link:http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ninth-rhino-this-year-poached-in-kaziranga-332012

Endangered rhino: Displaced by floods, killed by poachers

 

Published on 30 Sep 2012

For years NDTV has been bringing you the Save our Tigers campaign, an effort that’s gone a long way in protecting our national animal. Tonight, we focus on another desperate situation, the condition of another endangered animal – the great one horned rhino – which is being decimated in Assam by machine gun wielding poachers, who are taking advantage of the flood emergency in the state.

Watch full show: http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/indi…

 

Crackdown Against Poachers In Kaziranga

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Jorhat: A crackdown against poachers is underway by a joint team of Assam police, IRBN and forest guards in Burpahar range of Kaziranga National Park

One Horned Rhino

Armed with sophisticated weapons, the security forces launched the operation at 2 AM today at Kukurakota area of the range, forest department sources said.

A battalion each from the India Reserve Battalion (IRBN) and state police, with 100 personnel of the forest department, including guards, have fanned out in the interior areas of the rhino habitat to net poachers.

Security measures have also been tightened inside and along the park’s boundary to prevent entry and attacks by poachers in the 430 sq kms World Heritage Site situated in Golaghat district of upper Assam, the sources said.

The crackdown was launched in the wake of poaching of eight rhinos in KNP since January this year. Rhino horn is prized for its aphrodisiac properties.

The state government has decided to divide KNP into four divisions under separate divisional forest officers to strengthen the management system and boost operational efficiency.

Shoot-at-sight orders could be considered in the Park to prevent poaching of rhinos and other wild animals, state Minister for Environment and Forest Rockybul Hussain has said.

News Link:-http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/crackdown-against-poachers-in-kaziranga-328936

Rhino reintroduction project

Published on 5 Jul 2012

Kaziranga National Park largely falls within the Brahmaputra River flood plains and gets inundated annually in the rainy season. The floods take a heavy toll on wildlife including rhinos. In addition to death by drowning and displacement on being washed away, increased rhino poaching has also been associated with these floods as the escaping animals are highly vulnerable when they move out of the park in search of higher ground.

WTI-IFAW‘s Rhino Rehabilitation Project aims to gradually repopulate rhinos in Manas, by relocating and rehabilitating orphaned or displaced hand-raised rhinos from Kaziranga National Park. This effort is supported by the Bodoland Territorial Council and the Assam Forest Department.This clip documents the process of the reintroduction of the displaced rhinos. 

For more details please visit:
http://www.wti.org.in/project-in-focu…
and go to:
http://www.wildlifetrustofindia.org/p… 
for update on flood that has hit Kaziranga this year as well

Rhino killed by poachers in Kaziranga

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“I initially only added the last video, as it was very informative about rhino numbers etc. But then I found the first one from the KARIEGA Game Reserve, these incidents happened this year! Both videos are disturbing & I warn viewers to watch at their own discretion. However, to stop this war on rhino’s, I think it’s important that people see what is happening & be knowledgeable in the fact that the rhino horn is no more medicinal than my own finger nails. Knowledge is a great thing, so I ask that you share this information far & wide…we have to make those who demand rhino horn, see that it is worthless to anyone; except the rhino.”

The female rhino was killed in Bagori range of the Park and its horns taken away by the poachers, Park Director Sanjiv Bora said.

Patrolling forest guards found the fully mature rhino and some cartridges near the dead animal.

Eight people suspected to be involved in the killing have been picked up for interrogation.

This is the eleventh rhino killed in the Park by poachers during the current year.

News Link:http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/rhino-killed-by-poachers-in-kaziranga/57045/

Petition to sign:http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com/register.aspx

Petition to sign:- http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/?rc=fb&pv=65

Published on 12 Mar 2012 by 

FIRST RELEASE OF VIDEO FOOTAGE-KARIEGA RHINOS MONDAY 12 MARCH 2012

We are releasing the first of several video‘s taken by the team on the ground ,starting with this one taken at KARIEGA GAME RESERVE on Friday 2 March 2012.
Although this footage is quite shocking, we believe that the unbelievable courage shown in the fight for survival of our two Rhino’s Themba and Thandi must be shown to the world!

Furthermore, we will be shortly releasing a video message made by our ranger team on the ground titled UNITED WE STAND showing their utter horror to this scourge plaguing our country, and how extremely dedicated they all are to the continued survival of Thandi and Themba!

http://www.facebook.com/kariegagamereserve

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As a whole, the world’s five species of rhinos make up the most endangered large animal group on the planet. This is due to relentless and vicious illegal poaching of rhino for their horns for use in Traditional Asian Medicine. Melinda MacInnis has made this video in the hopes of raising awareness about this global crisis. Please share this video widely and join the fight to halt rhino extinction.

Written and Produced by Melinda MacInnis
Edited by James Aikman
Director of Photography in Africa – John Mans

Steps to protect animals in Kaziranga during floods

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“Forward planning…I Like that…shame the other zoo had not thought of it, there wouldn’t have been any deaths if they had!”

GOLAGHAT: As flood waters of the mightyBrahmaputra continue to rise alarmingly, authorities in the Kaziranga National Park have taken steps to protect the animals, including the prized one-horn rhinos, there.

Authorities in the Kaziranga National Park have taken steps to protect the animals, including the prized one-horn rhinos, there

“Of the 168 camps in the park, flood water has affected 36 camps. We have set up a special camp in the northern range of the Park where rescued animals would be released”, Park’s director Sanjib Bora said.

He said that the rising waters of the Brahmaputra had forced many animals to cross the National Highway 37 and flee to the southern side near the Karbi Anglong hills for shelter.

“The district authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr PC along the highway so that poachers and other miscreants do not get an opportunity to harm the animals”, Bora said.

He further added that vehicles plying on the highway would be issued “time cards” so that they did not loiter for long in the area.

The park remains closed from May till October during the rainy season in Assam.

News Link:-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/flora-fauna/steps-to-protect-animals-in-kaziranga-during-floods/articleshow/14411689.cms

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