Rhinoceros populations across Africa are threatened by poaching, habitat loss and disease. Kenya is home to a significant rhinoceros population, which includes the last two northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), roughly 80 percent of the remaining critically endangered eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) and…
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.
In November of 2016, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa, where I spent time with the Rangers who call Amakhala home. Over 10 days, almost every waking moment was spent patrolling, bonding, and training with the Rangers. I brought with me on this trip 13 years of experience as an Infantry Marine, instructor, and hunter.
Globally, there are about 29,000 wild rhinos remaining, spread over five species. Two of these species, the Javan and Sumatran rhinos, each have less than 100 animals left. A little over a century ago, there were over half a million rhinos.
Those of you who have seen our powerpoint presentation will know who Thandi is—the amazing rhino who survived a brutal poaching. Now she has given birth to a second calf! The rhino is an incredibly strong species. Thandi’s success after so much terrible trauma and so many surgeries to repair her damaged face, brings hope for the survival of the rhino.
Most rhinos’ skin is layered with subcutaneous fat used as insulation from both extreme heat in the day, to warmth during cold nights. The Indian rhino’s skin particularly is used to insulate the animal from hot days, and hangs around the creature in large folds.
An international team of researchers compared genes of all living and extinct black rhinos. Over the last 200 years, 70% of the rhinos’ genetic diversity disappeared because of loss of habitat and hunting. Fewer than 5,000 remain.
Rhino Thembi is two years and one month old today, and she received the best birthday gift ever – a baby brother! Our rhino-super-mom Thandi gave birth to her second calf on 24 January 2017. Thandi survived after both her horns were hacked off in a brutal poaching attack in 2012.
White rhinos mainly live in South Africa but they have also been reintroduced to Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Southern white rhinos have been introduced to Kenya, Zambia, and Cote d’Ivoire. The black rhino is concentrated in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. There are a few between Cameroon and Kenya.
And this is what apoached rhino survivor looks like. This is what he looks like after a great deal of veterinary work to save him. Amazingly determined and strong !
Study of transnational flows of rhino horn give #rhinos 7 years before they go extinct in the wild.
LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.
The fighting woolly rhinos at Chauvet Cave. Charcoal from these drawings has yielded radiocarbon dates of 31,000-32,000 years BP #IceAgeArt
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Meet Arrow and his handler, Henry Holtshyzen. Harnessed together, they take off across the vast wildlife preserve. Arrow seems unperturbed, even as they hurl themselves out of the helicopter, falling more than 6,000 feet to earth — and landing in the middle of the poaching wars.
Rhino 911 received a call for help on Sunday 12 March 2017 from Steve Dell at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to locate an orphaned calf whose mother was poached last night in one of other North West Parks.
South Africa’s statistical report on rhino poaching reveals a 10.3 per cent dip in the numbers illegally killed in 2016 compared to the previous year. As Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University…
On 15 March 2017 Rhino 911 assisted with yet another Rhino cow that was shot in one of our North West parks. She has a small calf with her.
Canine in the Kruger National Park – used for tracking and capturing poachers as well as detecting contraband like firearms and rhino horn – have been described as a game-changer since their introduction to the park, with an arrest success rate of more than 80%.
The South African Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group properties have recently partnered with the non-profit organization “The Rhinos Are Coming” to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Rhino poaching in South Africa.
This year’s Game Fair, to be held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, will include demonstrations from Daryll Pleasants, who specialises in training dogs to help with anti-poaching efforts in Africa.
Several rhino themed wall paintings have appeared around Saigon in Vietnam recently.
Seha, a poached rhino, is in recovery thanks to the brilliant work of Saving the Survivors