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Shootout in South Africa’s Kruger National Park Leaves Three Rhino Poachers Dead

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Three armed rhino poaching suspects were killed in South Africa. South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that three people suspected of killing rhinos were shot dead last week in Kruger National Park. The typical tools used by rhino poachers – AK-47, ammunition, and axes – were also confiscated. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, […]

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South Africa: Over 138 Rhinos Slaughtered for Illegal Trade During First Quarter of 2011

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A grim tally from South Africa. The number of rhinos brutally murdered for their horns in South Africa this year has already reached a horrifying figure of over 138, according to the most recent release by SANParks. This number worryingly represents more than 40 percent of the 333 rhinos slaughtered in South Africa during 2010. […]

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Three Rhinos Murdered, Two Poachers Shot Dead in Kruger National Park, South Africa

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South Africa continues to lose its precious pachyderms. The demand for illegal rhino horn reportedly claimed the lives of another three rhinos, including one calf, earlier this week in South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park. Gunshots were heard and rangers went to investigate. Tragically, it was too late: The poachers were already sawing the horns […]

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South Africa: Rhino Death Toll At Least 82 for 2011

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The body count climbs higher. The assault on South Africa’s rhinos continues, with the latest published reports showing at least 82 of the country’s iconic pachyderms slaughtered since the beginning of the year. However, sources outside the media cite a higher figure of 102. Most recently, three rhinos were killed over the weekend on farms […]

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South African Court Sentences Three Rhino Killers to Jail

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A glimmer of hope from the South African judicial system. Three Mozambican citizens have been sentenced to prison by the Nelspruit Regional Court for illegally hunting rhinos. Renaldo Franchesco Masiki and Elvis Mdaka were sentenced to nine years, and Joao Sendelani Malangute received five years. Masiki and Mdaka were also found guilty of possessing illegal […]

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Rhino Death Toll for 2011 Reaches 71 in South Africa

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The carnage continues. South Africa National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the body count for the country’s rhinos has already reached 71 since the beginning of the year. Less than ten days ago, the figure was at 51. During the same time period, 64 people have been arrested in connection with rhino horn crimes. Rhishja […]

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South Africa Discloses Grim Rhino Poaching Numbers for 2011

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A troubling tally from South Africa. South Africa’s rhino killing epidemic continues to escalate: The country’s Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, has announced that at least 51 of the country’s iconic pachyderms have been slaughtered for their horns since the beginning of the year. In addition, 44 suspects have been arrested in connection […]

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Three Suspected Rhino Killers Shot Dead in Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Park rangers prevailed over rhino killers in a skirmish at Kruger National Park. In an armed encounter at South Africa’s Kruger National Park, three suspected rhino killers were fatally shot by park rangers. Another suspect was wounded, and a fifth escaped. An R5 assault rifle, along with other poaching-related implements, were also recovered. The incident […]

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South Africa: 21 Rhinos Slaughtered in January 2011

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The assault on South Africa’s rhinos continues. A sobering announcement released today by South African National Parks (SANParks) confirms that the country’s iconic rhinos are still being slaughtered at an alarming rate. SANParks’ CEO David Mabunda confirmed that 21 rhinos have been killed in South Africa during the month of January. It was also stated […]

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South Africa’s Rhino Death Toll Hit 333 in 2010

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The final reported figure for rhinos illegally killed in South Africa in 2010 climbed to 333, nearly tripling 2009′s death toll of 122. Over 40 percent of the killings were concentrated in the country’s famed Kruger National Park.

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