Rhino poaching for their horn in South Africa, game reserves and parks need anti-poaching rangers to help endangered rhino.
Rhino poaching in South Africa reached its peak in 2010, at 333 dead at game reserves and private farms across the country…far, the worst year for rhino poaching in South African history. – Kruger Park Blog
Between January and March 71 rhino were already lost this year, now… South African soldiers are patrolling the world famous Kruger National Park on the borders with Mozambique to stamp out rhino poaching – African Conservation Foundation
Although this is good news for the Kruger Park, it does not help the private game parks where they are left to find, train, equip and sustain their own ranger patrol ($20 keeps 1 ranger in the field for 1 day…. your help is needed and very welcome)
Nikela joines others to combat the ever increasing war on the rhino and launches Nikela Rhino Rescue
Musina magistrate’s court in Limpopo, South Africa was the scene of a much publized rhino poachers hearing. The world is watching to see what happens to those caught red handed. Much of the time when poachers are apprehended it seems they end up dead or have their “hands slapped” and released. – Northern Review
What’s rhino horn made of that’s so valuable? Keratin. It’s the same as chewing finger nails and has no medicinal properties. – Northern Review
Not good news…The spike in demand surged when the US granted China huge sums of money for TCM (traditional chinese medicine). A Vietnamese minister announced that rhino horn powder cured his cancer. This cemented a demand in the emerging country of Vietnam. – Northern Review
Prices for rhino horn are sky rocketing and depending on which news source range from $50,000 to $74,000 per kilo of horn (multiple that by 2.2 for lbs = $110,000 to $162,000) An average horn weighs 7 kilos so one unprocessed horn can fetch up to $518,000!
According to the BBC South African game ranchers are no longer buying rhino because it is too costly to protect them.
There is some good News amongst the bad. We have it directly from a preserve who protects rhino that each day patrolling rangers save rhino by their mere presence and battling head on with poachers. It has gotten so bad that reserve owners with rhino on their property keep a very low profile not disclosing these near misses so as not to attract other poachers.
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