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Rhino poachers target KZN as Kruger killings decline

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KwaZulu-Natal is seemingly now the venue of choice for rhino poachers in South Africa, with the province losing 143 of the Big Five species...

Addo to boost anti-poaching unit as E Cape poachers handed jail...

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Eastern Cape is home to Addo Elephant National Park which, while not in the same league as Kruger when it comes to poaching, has...

Rhino poachers targeted KZN rather than Kruger last year

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The concern expressed about rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal by the national forestry, fisheries and environment minister mid-last year turned into fact with the province...

Call for regular rhino poaching statistics

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One who has strong feelings about the lack of regular updates on rhino poaching in South Africa is Dave Bryant, Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow...

Seven years jail for Kruger rangers guilty of poaching-related actions

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More than three years after two Kruger National Park field rangers were nabbed with an unlicensed firearm and “other poaching-related items”, the wheel turned...

On the hunt for counter-poaching technology

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Retired South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Major General Johan Jooste used the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 exhibition in Pretoria to...

Rhino poaching update shows KwaZulu-Natal now target of choice

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Nationally South Africa lost 259 rhino in the first six months of this year – 10 more than in the corresponding period last year...

Rhino poaching – two arrests in Kruger and tougher measures coming...

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The arrest of two Kruger National Park field rangers in connection with fraud, money laundering and corruption by the SA Police Service (SAPS) specialist...

Provincial legislature member maintains KZN rhino poaching out of hand

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Reports of more than 70 rhino killed, presumably for their horns, in KwaZulu-Natal in the first three months of this year has seen a...

Rhino poaching down in SA last year

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The internationally renowned Kruger National Park remains a target for poachers, losing 209 rhino last year - more than half the total killed nationally. South...

Wildlife vet says it’s rhino “murder” not poaching

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Rhino poaching in South Africa is at a critical level despite a “deafening” silence from official government communications and mainstream media, one of southern...

Meerkat proving its worth in Kruger

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More proof technology contributes positively to preventing rhino poaching comes from the Kruger National Park where a combination of radar and electro-optical has –...

SANParks apparently sets rhino poaching “target”

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Among its many responsibilities as custodian of South Africa’s natural heritage, the national conservation agency SANParks ensures the survival of rhino, black and white,...

COVID-19 curbs cut rhino poaching

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Curbing peoples’ movement through stringent COVID-19 restrictions apparently applied to rhino poachers as well, with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)...

COVID-19 contributed to decrease in rhino poaching – Creecy

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Barbara Creecy, the Cabinet Minister tasked with conserving and protecting South Africa’s natural assets, maintains there was “a marked decline” nationally in rhino poaching...

Kruger personnel caught with rhino horn

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Three Kruger National Park staffers were caught, literally horn-handed, following an extended intelligence operation in the iconic game reserve on South Africa’s eastern border. The...

Rhino poaching down, no numbers given

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The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) reports “a significant decrease” in poaching during the national lockdown which is attributed to ongoing anti-poaching...

Drop in rhino poaching welcomed

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“Encouraging arrests and convictions” and “testament to hard work” are two of the phrases used by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP James Lorimer following the...

Less rhino lost to poaching last year than in 2018

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The decimation of a part of South Africa’s natural heritage is on the decline thanks to interventions from conservation and law enforcement. Environment, Forestry and...

Hawks nab rhino horn suspects

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The Hawks arrested three suspects for being in possession of firearms, rhino horns and tiger carcasses. The suspects are expected to appear at the Klerksdorp...

Modest decline in rhino poaching

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The first six month of 2019 have seen what Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy calls “a modest decline” in rhino poaching. The Minister, whose portfolio...

Technology is an effective force multiplier in anti-poaching operations

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The use of what the national Department of Environmental Affairs terms "appropriate technologies" as force multipliers in the ongoing battle against poachers...

South African game ranger corps becoming an anti-poaching force – Molewa

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As South Africa battles threats against its natural heritage on numerous fronts across the country it has necessitated a change in approach...

Public/private partnership reduces rhino poaching

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On the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, private and community-owned game reserves under the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF)...

Drop in rhino poaching reported for 2016

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The 2016 calendar year saw poachers kill 1 054 rhinos, down from the previous year's all-time high of 1 175, Environmental Affairs...

Equine anti-poaching pilot project in Kruger

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The effectiveness of horses in anti-poaching operations is being tested by way of a pilot project in the northern part of the...

Kruger’s “foxhole” is the nerve centre of counter-poaching operations

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The commitment of trying to put an end to the slaughter of rhino in particularly the internationally renowned Kruger National Park has...

Kruger anti-poaching capabilities boosted by Gator ETVs

The anti-poaching capabilities of the Kruger National Park ranger corps has been boosted by the addition of two specialist off-road vehicles and...

Minister reports decline in rhino poaching in Kruger

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The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is currently underway in Johannesburg and it...

CSIR Cmore team recognised at Rhino Conservation Awards

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The CSIR Cmore team took second place at this year's Rhino Conservation Awards in the Best Science Research and Technology category. The team...

First part of international investigation into rhino poaching released in SA

South Africa, a "preferred" hunting area for rhino poachers, today (Monday) hosted the launch of the first part of a major investigation...

Kruger helicopter crash investigation reveals training and skills shortfalls

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The official accident report into the March 2013 SA Air Force (SAAF) A109 helicopter crash in the Kruger National Park points...

Kruger Park helicopter shot at by suspected poachers

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A Kruger National park helicopter was shot at this week by suspected poachers indicating yet another escalation in the ongoing battle to...

Mechem dogs doing their bit to counter rhino and other wildlife...

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Tracker dogs trained by Denel are having increasing success in curbing the smuggling of rhino horn and ivory in the Kruger National...

Police also contributing in fight against rhino poaching

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Ongoing efforts by the SA Police Service (SAPS) aimed at reducing incidents of rhino poaching in national parks are yielding positive results,...

Rhino kills in Kruger down, attempted poaching incursions up

In the first four months of this year there have been nine recorded incursions a day into the Kruger National Park with...

Rhino conservation – Quo Vadis

The seventh and final item on Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's budget vote speech in the National Assembly this week dealt with...

CSIR predictive modelling will boost battle against rhino poaching

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Researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) specialising in data fusion and mathematics have developed a predictive modelling tool...

US donates high-tech equipment to help fight rhino poaching

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South Africa's stock of high-tech equipment to track down and apprehend poachers has been boosted to the tune of more than R12...

Communities supporting poachers must be targeted – Hawks boss

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Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza, head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (better known as the Hawks), wants community involvement with poachers...

Rhino kill in 2015 slightly down, Minister says poaching has “stabilised”

Last year South Africa lost 1,175 rhino to poachers – 40 less than 2014's all-time high of 1,215 – which Environmental Affairs...

Lack of rhino kill information is negatively affecting anti-poaching efforts

With no official figure yet forthcoming from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on last year's rhino kill, non-government organisations believe the...

Environmental Affairs Minister confident war on rhino poaching will be won

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has told a briefing in Cape Town that the sectoral approach now in operation against rhino poachers...

Environmental Affairs Minister tells UN conference rhino poaching won’t happen “on...

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has told a joint Interpol/UNEP (UN Environmental Protection) conference that the forces for good in...

New anti-poaching boss in Kruger

Xolani Funda is the new man in the hot seat driving the Kruger National Park's anti-poaching operation. As chief ranger: anti-poaching operations he...

Zuma officially opens rhino poaching JOC in Skukuza

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What government has called "a key milestone" in the fight against rhino poaching – a mission area joint operations centre (JOC) based...

CSIR working on “whole of society” approach to combat rhino poaching

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A major source of concern for South Africa is the massive onslaught on one of its major natural assets – the rhino...

Nelspruit magistrate praises dog’s involvement in apprehending rhino poachers

The importance of properly trained dogs in combatting rhino poaching has been acknowledged by a magistrate. Two Mozambicans arrested in connection with the...

Former president says almost 500 Mozambican poachers killed in Kruger since...

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Tacit acknowledgement that Mozambicans are prime killers of rhino in particularly the Kruger National Park came from former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano. Speaking...

Kruger Park rangers’ mobility boosted by quads

Anti-poaching operations in South Africa's premier game reserve have been boosted with the addition of 10 quad vehicles making the ranger corps...