VIETNAM is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa 1,100 rhinos were killed by poachers. And today there are only about 29,500 left in the world. Considerable efforts have been devoted to reducing…
The first class of dogs graduated in July 2015 from the African Wildlife Foundation’s anti-trafficking program, Conservation Canines. Eight graduates operate at airports and seaports in Kenya and Tanzania effectively sniffing out wildlife products.
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the President of Kenya, Mr. Kenyatta, lit a huge pyramid of elephant tusks and Rhino horn to signify that Kenya is SERIOUS about STOPPING ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE and RHINO POACHING AS WELL.
Clearly, a rhino’s horn belongs on the rhino! To dehorn a rhino takes the majesty and beauty away from this iconic animal, but proper dehorning can help save rhino lives.
Three members of the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism team were finalists in the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. Oxpeckers editor Fiona Macleod and Namibian associate John Grobler were short-listed for a 10-month-long investigation in 2015 that uncovered political and commercial agendas driving the world’s largest black rhino population toward extinction.
Over the past decade, nearly 6,000 rhinos have been killed for their horns — primarily in South Africa, where 5,098 were poached between 2005 and 2015 to supply a lucrative black market. Yet recently at the world’s largest-ever wildlife trade conference, some officials continue to advocate for legalizing the rhino horn trade.
The major bust coincided with pledges to step up enforcement during a conference in Hanoi. Anti-smuggling officers seized a 4-kilogram rhino horn at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Friday.