Sharp Increase in Rhino Poaching

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Organized crime is also heavily involved in trafficking of rhino products and other endangered species'. Rhino poaching is no longer used as a means of survival and sustenance,” says Susie Ellis of the International Rhino Foundation, in a statement. Tags: organized crime wildlife crime Traditional Chinese Medicine poaching rhino endangered species It's the highest rate in 15 years, with an increasing market in Asian traditional medicines.

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Rhino Birds

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A close encounter with a couple of White Rhinos gave me a good opportunity to get a proper look at some Red-billed Ox-peckers Buphagus Erythrorhynchus that often accompany them. Rhino skin is very tough and despite spending much of their time amongst the thorn bushes, scratches are usually only superficial. The Black Rhino is a browser with a hooked upper lip. I hope you will forgive me for concentrating more on the rhino, but they were very big and very close.

Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

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A breeding program in Malaysia will attempt to breed a rescued Borneo Sumatran rhino in order to save the endangered species. Tam, whose species is known for its solitary nature, has been resettled in a wildlife reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, the last preserve of the Borneo Sumatran rhino _ a subspecies of the bristly, snub-nosed Sumatran rhino. Tags: captive breeding rhino asia malaysia

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Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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The annual number of rhino poached in South Africa last year rose to 1,215, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a media briefing in Pretoria two weeks ago. On average, over 100 rhinos were illegally killed each month. Molewa added that so far this year 49 rhino had been killed countrywide. offered me a glass of Campari liqueur and there we were, enveloped by the tranquility of a sunset in a thorny savanna observing a rhino lowering its massive head to the water.

Crime Gang Dealing in Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory

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From the African Conservation Foundation.the story was actually published earlier in August, but still worth posting A shocking undercover journey reveals that a poaching cartel known as ‘The Crocodile Gang’, led by Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, is slaughtering rhinos and elephants to fulfill ‘requests’ for horn and ivory. Tags: organized crime africa zim poaching rhino elephants This is big, scary business out there, not some struggling poor people trying to survive.

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Cute of the day: Baby White Rhino!

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The female rhino was born in the night quarters adjacent to their 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain. The October 2004 birth of Mlaleni and Tambo’s first calf, Malaika, marked the first white rhino birth in the adventure park’s history. The birth brings the total white and black rhino population at the adventure park to 12. Cute of the day: Baby White Rhino! TAMPA, Fla.

Bowling for Rhinos

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Please join the Utah Chapter American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) for their 18th annual “Bowling for Rhinos” on Friday, May 1st. Collect $50 in pledges (in addition to your registration fee) and receive a Bowling For Rhinos T-shirt and entry into one door prize category.

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Zambia Calls for Tougher Wildlife Crime Enforcement

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The worst areas of wildlife crime appear to be in rhino and elephant poaching. Tags: organized crime wildlife crime ivory africa zambia rhino elephants Wildlife crime such as poaching and live animal smuggling is becoming increasingly sophisticated. This because it is being run by organized crime networks with professional and ruthless criminals. It's not just some guy with a gun and snare.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes a baby white rhinoceros!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes its seventh baby white rhino since 2004. The adorable baby, a female, will join other rhinos in the 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain. Busch Gardens has celebrated a total of seventh white rhino births since October 2004. The birth brings the total white and black rhino population at the adventure park to eight. and around the world, including $194,000 USD grants to rhino conservation projects.

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Madikwe; Paradise Restored

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It’s the only park I have ever been to that not only have I seen all five of the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, White Rhino and African Elephant) in, but seen them all on the same day. Birding Conservation lions rhinos safari South AfricaGreat wildlife preserves, reserves and parks exist for a number of reasons.

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Black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins for Halloween

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Black rhinos are considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and are found in central and southern Africa. Black rhinos have a prehensile lip that is used much like a finger to select and pick the leaves and twigs they prefer. Busch Gardens® Tampa’s black rhinoceros, Forest, enjoyed some pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. As part of his daily enrichment, the animal care team provided several pumpkins for Forest!

Zambian Police Officers Caught in Ivory Trafficking

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ZAMBIA Wildlife Authority (Zawa) yesterday arrested four people, including two police officers, in Kafue for trafficking in ivory and rhino horns worth more than K1 billion.

Where’s BBOTY?

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Large clumps of droppings, yet to be broken down by bugs, bacteria, or a returning rhino, were used as slightly raised perches. It was warm, I had time, a great vantage and the thrill that the rhino might feel the call of nature and appear at any moment. Deary me.

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Click a Button, Save a Parrot

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Yes, rhinos, red pandas, chamois, and other charismatic creatures also deserve help, but this is a birding site so you know which way we’re voting! Maybe the proposition isn’t that simple, but you can vote to allocate $40,000 from National Geographic Germany to Fundación ProAves to support conservation of the practically extinct Fuertes’s Parrot.

Busch Gardens’ Baby Cheetah Gets a New Puppy Pal

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Busch Gardens supports the conservation of and education about cheetahs through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, which has donated nearly $100,000 to cheetah efforts in Africa since 2005 and also helps fund conservation programs for white rhinos, marine animals and many other species around the world.

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Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

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The one photograph of the Caracal shows it’s pointed ears and wispy ear tufts; a close-up of the mouth of the White Rhino focuses on the extremely wide mouth that distinguishes it from the Black Rhino; male and female images of the antelope species, which are significantly different, are shown side by side. One exception are the Rhino photos, which have the horns of different photos almost interlocking, an effect that is visually exciting.)

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Busch Gardens Welcomes New Baby Cheetah

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Busch Gardens supports the conservation of and education about cheetahs through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, which has donated nearly $100,000 to cheetah efforts in Africa since 2005 and also helps fund conservation programs for white rhinos, marine animals and many other species around the world. What could be cuter on Saint Patrick’s Day than this adorable baby cheetah from Busch Gardens?

100 Heartbeats

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From the plight of Eastern Africa’s black rhinos to Australia’s Tasmanian devils, and Florida’s panthers, Corwin provides a riveting first-hand look at the critical state of our natural world. I recently got the chance to read the book, 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species , written by Jeff Corwin. You may know Jeff from his fun and informational TV show (I know we used to watch it all the time), but he is much more than just a television show host.

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Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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In some parts of Africa, rangers receive military training and equipment to defend animals (and themselves) from poachers in pursuit of elephants, rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered species. Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun.

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Impala Jousting

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Other 10,000 Birds posts from Pilanesberg include Red-billed Oxpeckers on Rhinos , Diderik Cuckoos, a New Year’s toast and a morning at the hide overlooking Mankwe Dam. The Impala is an slim, elegant antelope which is seen over most of sub-Saharan Africa, wherever there are a few Acacia bushes or some grass. Young males are turned out of the maternal herds once they reach an age at which they begin to compete with the dominant male.

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Joy for Orphan Elephants

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She’s reared abandoned baby buffalo, dik-diks, impalas, zebras, warthogs, and black rhinos, among others, but no creature has beguiled her more than elephants. Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat.

Week 16: South Africa and Kruger National Park

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In the first full day, we have seen dozens each of giraffes, zebra, warthogs, elephants, 12 rhinos, 30 hippos, 3 Cape Buffalo, crocodiles, jackals, monkeys, baboons, literally a thousand impala, and at least 10 different antelope type animals. The mighty rhino along with the Cattle Egret. After a very long day of 7 hours of driving, 11 hours flying and then 9 hours more driving, we have arrived at our temporary home here in South Africa.

The Amusing Case of the Gulf Breeze Zoo Canada Geese

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Just beyond a fence, a pair of rhino adults and one baby munched contentedly on hay. Next door to my hometown, the Gulf Breeze Zoo occupies 50 acres near the Santa Rosa Sound.

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Also, the lake is the most reliable place for both Black and White Rhinos in the whole of East Africa. This is the second post in the Birding crème de la crème series (the first, focused on southern Asia, is here ).

Shadows of Africa

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We are nearing the waterhole, and see the large oval shadow in the darkness: that White Rhino cow with a calf. This time they appear more relaxed, but nervousness might be a better politics: in 2007, poachers killed only 13 rhinos in South Africa, but in 2008 already 83, in 2009 – 122, in 2010 – 333, in 2011 – 448 and in 2012 a staggering 668!

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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The Black Rhino was also a widespread African denizen occurring throughout the continent, even into desert areas. Both the Black and,White Rhino (the latter which was saved from near extinction in the last century by the pioneering work of the Natal Parks Board) are facing the chasm of extinction, especially with the current onslaught of high-tech, organized-crime poaching that is decimating rhino populations.

Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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Other wildlife includes Asian Elephant , Tiger and Gaur (highway 37 passes through the park and the rhinos and wild elephants can be spotted straying near the road).

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From the Mailbag

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It is an animated website aimed at educating and inspiring children about endangered species, and all of our characters actually exist in a real-life camp in Tanzania which protects black rhino and wild African hunting dogs. Hello Keith, Mylan, and Jonathan We stumbled across your very worthy site and read some recent posts. you have a very interesting blog! We’re going to go and have an in-depth look this morning, in the meantime, please take a look at our website.

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Use it or lose it?

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she shot a rhino (auctioned for conservation). Shot a rhino? On the other hand, I’m pretty dubious about shooting rhinos for conservation. During the decades that preceded the Iraq war there were two schools of view on how to deal with that country and its troublesome leader.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Gaur Morning

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Bigger than the African Buffalo or the American Bison, it is the largest land animal after the Elephant, Rhino, the Hippopotamus and the Giraffe. February 2013. In front of us, in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve one wild Grey Junglefowl runs across the road. It is one of the ancestors of domestic fowl. Traveling the rural Maharashtra on previous days, every village had its share of small, slim and long-legged domestic chickens crossing in front of us, not unlike this wild cousin at all.

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We Should Kill More Lions

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People generally don’t poach lions and rhinos because they hate them, they do so because they can make money doing so (or sometimes because said rhinos and lions threaten their existing livelihood). Assuming you have a passing interest in wildlife, or at the least you know someone that does, and chances are in the last week or so you’ve become aware that some lady from America shot a lion.

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Falakhe’s Story

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After a few hours we guesstimated that the pack had moved south and after checking the shooting range (where the park rangers tasked with the unenviable responsibility of protecting the park’s rhinos practised their art) we joined the road to the less touristy southern part of the park. It’s 3:30 AM when the night’s relative tranquility is shattered by the ancient Landranger’s engine roaring to life.

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My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

10,000 Birds Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us. I remember, several times while motionlessly surveying birds, I found myself being investigated by Striped Field Mice , who would dare to come to sniff me.

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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advisory board, the “ Wildlife Protection Board ,” has been created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family 2. The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.”

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