Rhino poaching hits SA economy - WWF

2015-01-22 21:19

The scourge of rhino poaching is hitting the economy, the WWF has said as the department of environmental affairs released final poaching statistics for 2014.

SA moves rhino abroad for safe keeping

2015-01-22 15:40

Officials have moved around 100 rhino to unspecified neighbouring countries as part of efforts to stem the illicit slaughter of the animals for their horns.

The solution to poaching is not total protection

2015-01-16 14:29

The causes of the current commercial wildlife poaching pandemic - at grassroots level - are poverty and unemployment, writes Ron Thomson.

SA to sell rhino to private buyers

2015-01-13 16:00

South Africa National Parks has issued a tender to sell as many as 200 rhino to private buyers so that they can be moved to areas where they are safer from poachers.

Record year of rhino slayings as Africa's big animals targeted

2015-01-02 20:30

SA has lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory.

More rhino poached in Namibia

2014-12-29 20:37

A black rhino and her calf have been killed by poachers in the remote Damaraland area of north-western Namibia, bringing the number of rhino poached this year to 24.

Paramedics save baby rhino after mother killed

2014-12-20 14:22

A dehydrated baby rhino has been rescued a week after its mother was dehorned and killed, paramedics say.

Texas hunter wants to import rhino carcass

2014-12-19 07:52

A US agency has been deluged with thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill in Namibia.

Anti-poaching ops gets results

2014-12-13 06:35

Three suspected rhino poachers have been arrested, three were killed and four managed to escape arrest during anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park this week.

Rhino poaching: Father, son get 10 years

2014-12-04 18:32

A father and son were among three Mozambicans who have been jailed for 10 years each for killing and removing the horns of a white rhino.

First phase of rhino translocations successful: SANParks

2014-11-28 05:00

SA National Parks has announced the successful completion of the first phase of the Strategic Rhino Translocation Programme from the Kruger National Park.

2 rhino poached in Namibia's Etosha Park

2014-11-21 14:12

Two dead rhino have been found with their horns removed in Namibia's Etosha National Park, the environment and tourism ministry says.

'Horrific' record 1 020 rhino killed this year

2014-11-20 18:15

A record 1 020 rhino have been poached this year, scuppering multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

Texas club may cancel rhino hunt

2014-11-17 05:00

A Texas hunting club says it will cancel an endangered black rhino hunting trip if the US denies a request to bring the dead animal back to the country as a trophy.

Rhino protectors become killers - court

2014-11-12 19:52

Three police constables and an ex-corporal field ranger implicated in rhino poaching have appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court.

Rhino poacher shot in KZN game reserve

2014-11-04 09:46

A suspected rhino poacher has been shot and wounded in the Phinda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal.

Rhino Horn smugglers caught at OR Tambo

2014-10-31 21:05

Two men have been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport for possession of rhino horn worth an estimated R4.5m.

US charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

2014-10-24 06:05

A South African company has been indicted in Alabama, in the US, for selling illegal rhino hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals' horns.

Stolen R166m rhino horn case postponed

2014-10-15 17:54

The case against four Mpumalanga men arrested in connection with the theft of 112 rhino horns valued at more than R116m has been postponed.

KNP arrests 6 rhino poachers

2014-10-07 18:04

Six suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park.

SANParks selling theatened white rhino

2014-10-05 14:06

The SANParks board has decided to sell white rhino on auction and start moving them to safety.

Poaching 'ringleader' in court

2014-09-29 16:17

A pilot, lawyer and other members of an alleged rhino-poaching ring have appeared in court.

SANParks 'poachers' remanded

2014-09-25 19:05

Three SANParks employees accused of poaching rhino in the Kruger National Park have been remanded in custody.

10 held for rhino poaching

2014-09-19 21:58

Ten people have been arrested in four provinces in connection with rhino poaching and related crimes.


2014 rhino toll 1 215

2015-01-22 20:41

The annual number of rhino poached rose to 1 215 last year, prompting the World Wide Fund for Nature to call for strategic action.

Kruger shuns rhino gift, says donor

2015-01-22 09:11

A man from Hazyview in Mpumalanga is upset after SANParks seems to have shunned an expensive rhino sculpture he had donated to the Kruger National Park.

US auctioneer fined $1.5m for selling rhino horns

2015-01-15 09:49

A Florida auction house owner pleaded guilty to selling illegal rhino horns and elephant ivory and will pay a $1.5m fine as well as face possible jail time, US authorities say.

2 suspected rhino poachers shot dead in Kruger Park

2015-01-05 13:12

Two suspected rhino poachers have been shot dead after they opened fire on rangers in the Kruger National Park.

3 rhino poaching syndicate accused get bail

2014-12-30 11:34

Three of the 10 alleged members of a rhino poaching syndicate accused of killing 22 rhino over several years have been granted bail in the North Gauteng High Court.

Rhino poaching kingpin caught in dramatic set-up in KZN

2014-12-23 12:32

A 45-year-old man allegedly involved in the intricate rhino poaching 'epidemic' that has gripped South Africa and left it's rhino populations near extinction, has been caught and arrested in Kwa Zulu-Natal.

Could a test tube rhino be a solution to poaching?

2014-12-19 10:57

Experts from around the world are using science and a test tube in a last-ditch attempt to save a near-extinct species of rhinoceros in Los Angeles, US.

3 suspected rhino poachers killed in Kruger

2014-12-14 11:05

Three suspected rhino poachers have been killed, three were injured and six escaped in various incidents in the Kruger National Park.

Rhino man late for court

2014-12-08 16:56

An Mpumalanga man accused of stealing rhino horns valued at more than R116m has narrowly escaped re-arrest after arriving late for proceedings at the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court.

Moving all rhino not possible - Kruger Park

2014-11-29 14:49

Not all rhino could be moved to safety this year because it's not an easy task, says a Kruger National Park spokesperson.

Kruger starts moving rhino to safety

2014-11-22 08:26

SANParks has conducted about 45 rhino captures since last month as part of a plan to create a stronghold where rhino will get extra protection from poachers.

Poacher launches appeal bid

2014-11-20 19:43

An Empangeni taxi driver, who killed a rhino in the iMfolozi game reserve, has appealed against his conviction and sentence.

Record 1 020 rhino killed in SA

2014-11-20 13:19

A record 1 020 rhinos have been poached in SA this year, the government says, undermining multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

Namibia dehorns rhino

2014-11-17 20:51

Namibian environmental authorities embarking on a de-horning exercise for black rhino have already spotted three carcasses left behind by poachers.

Legalising rhino horn trade may 'pull the rug out from under crime syndicates'

2014-11-13 12:52

Legalising rhino poaching may pull the rug out from under crime syndicates by forcing down the price of rhino horn and removing the incentive to poach, say environmentalists.

Rhino poachers arrested in Limpopo

2014-11-09 12:48

Six suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in Limpopo over the weekend, police have said.

Two men nabbed with 41kg of rhino horn

2014-11-01 14:18

Police have arrested two Vietnamese men in possession of 41 kg of rhino horn, the largest haul yet discovered by the authorities.

Two rhino poachers shot dead

2014-10-30 18:49

Two rhino poachers have been killed and six suspected poachers arrested, SANParks says. This brings to 54 the number of poachers arrested in the KNP in October.

Kruger arrests 5 poachers

2014-10-17 21:03

Five suspected rhino poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park SANParks says.

Rhino poachers jailed in Mpumalanga

2014-10-10 08:49

Two rhino poachers arrested in unrelated incidents have been sentenced in Mpumalanga courts, police say.

Rhino sale: Make your bid now

2014-10-06 20:05

The Kruger National Park is inviting bids for 500 rhino, hopefully sold to mostly private buyers, to counter a wave of poaching for their horns.

Rhino 'poacher' wanted by FBI

2014-10-04 07:00

Rhino 'poacher' is wanted for fleeing criminal prosecution and on six counts of wire fraud, which related to investment fraud.

Rhino poacher's sentence reduced

2014-09-26 12:56

A Thai national convicted of illegal trade in rhino horn has had his sentence reduced from 30 to 13 years by the Supreme Court of Appeal this week.

Poaching gang in court

2014-09-22 19:31

Ten alleged members of a rhino poaching syndicate, including a police officer and a lawyer have appeared briefly in the Hatfield Magistrate's Court.

Global march planned against poaching

2014-09-18 21:53

A global march demanding action to stop rhino and elephant poaching will be held across 125 cities in October, organisers have announced.

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