rhinos Tag

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Mozambique’s poaching castles are crumbling

Estacio Valoi travelled to Mozambique’s poaching capital to catch up with some of the kingpins who built their mansions on the proceeds of killing Kruger’s rhinos [caption id="attachment_3980" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Nympine’s...

Trafficking mules such as Ye Zhiwei seldom know the value of the contraband they are moving, lest they be tempted to disappear with it
The horn scam at Windhoek’s airport

The Namibian authorities don’t seem to be in any hurry to shut down a rhino horn smuggling syndicate that has infiltrated security at Windhoek’s airport, writes John Grobler [caption id="attachment_3640" align="alignleft"...

While it is legal for white rhinos to be hunted in South Africa under strict permit conditions, the hunt on the eve of CITES deliberations and its links to an ethically challenged outfit angered wildlife groups at the talks. Photo: Jacques Marais
Business as usual for rhinos

The hunting of a rhino by a Vietnamese client with the ‘Musina Mafia’ set the tone for the treatment of the endangered species at CITES CoP17, writes Yolandi Groenewald...

Ivory trinkets on sale at the Okahandja craft market. Namibia refused to take part in the recent Great Elephant Census of African populations. Photo: Shi Yi
Namibia diaries: the good, the bad, the ugly

Depending on your views about legal trade in wildlife products, the past week was either a good week or a very good week for Namibian conservation, writes John Grobler...

The Okahao magistrate's court, where 22 suspects are appearing on rhino poaching charges. Photo: John Grobler
A mysterious dead hand driving Namibia’s poaching

After a two-year investigation, John Grobler exposes the totem-based networks facilitating transnational rhino horn smuggling and defeating the criminal justice system’s pursuit of suspects...

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The dilemma of Swaziland’s horns

Why did Swaziland submit a last-minute proposal asking CITES to approve an experimental ‘pilot project’ to sell its stockpiled rhino horns? What does this mean for the COP17 conference? Yolandi...

An anti-poaching simulation in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in 2014. The SADC report raises various concerns about the escalating killing of wildlife in Southern Africa
SADC backs ‘shoot to kill’ strategy

SADC report reveals how member states favour an anti-poaching strategy with far-reaching consequences for the independence of national judiciaries, writes Lawrence Seretse...

Kruger's forensic team conduct tests on a poached rhino carcass near Pretoriuskop. The
rhino was killed during full moon in the winter of 2015 close to the border of the park. Photo: Yolandi Groenewald
Poaching syndicates target Kruger rangers

Why are the icons of conservation being arrested in connection with rhino poaching? Yolandi Groenewald examines the screening processes for Kruger rangers...

Situated about 100km north of Etosha's north-western boundary, Okahao is at the centre of smuggling routes to the north and south
The epicentre of Namibia’s rhino poaching

John Grobler visits Okahao, a sleepy settlement near Etosha National Park that is at the centre of the poaching plague threatening the world’s last viable population of critically endangered...