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Court Date Approaches for South African ‘Groenewald Gang’ Rhino Horn Syndicate Suspects

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Revisit the shocking events that exposed the world’s most famous (alleged) rhino horn syndicate. The much-anticipated court date of South Africa’s “Groenewald gang” is now just a few days away. On Monday, April 11th, at least eleven alleged rhino horn syndicate members, including game farmer Dawie Groenewald and veterinarians Karel Toet and Manie du Plessis, […]

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South African ‘Groenewald Gang’ Returns to Court in April for Killing Rhinos, Dealing in Rhino Horn

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At least eleven people suspected of involvement with a rhino horn syndicate are expected in court next month. South Africa’s high-profile court case of eleven alleged rhino horn syndicate members, including game farmer Dawie Groenewald, along with veterinarians Karel Toet and Manie du Plessis, is scheduled to begin on April 11th. Among the litany of […]

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South African Rhino Horn Syndicate Suspect Purchased 36 Rhinos in Two Months

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Three dozen rhinos were purchased by an alleged rhino horn syndicate member. Alleged rhino horn syndicate member Dawie Groenewald reportedly purchased 36 rhinos during June and July 2009. Three weeks ago, investigators discovered a mass grave of 20 rhinos on Groenewald’s property in Musina. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization […]

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South Africa: 20 Rhino Carcasses Found on Syndicate Suspect Groenewald’s Musina Property

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Authorities have made a grisly discovery on the farm of an alleged rhino crime syndicate member. Investigators have unearthed 20 rhino carcasses on syndicate suspect Dawie Groenewald’s “Pragtig” property in Musina. It is suspected that Groenewald – dubbed “the butcher of Pragtig” – purchased the rhinos at auction in order to sell their horns, then […]

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South Africa: Warrants Issued, More ‘Shocking’ Arrests Expected in Rhino Crime Syndicate Investigation

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Additional arrests are anticipated in the battle to protect South Africa’s rhinos. South Africa’s high-profile rhino crime syndicate investigation is expected to net several more shocking suspects from within the conservation community. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I […]

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Rhino Crime Syndicate Suspect Purchased Nearly 30 Rhinos from Kruger National Park

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South African media reports that one of the eleven people accused of involvement with rhino poaching was buying live rhinos. The whereabouts of between 20 and 30 rhinos purchased from Kruger National Park have raised more questions in the rhino crime syndicate case involving safari operator Dawie Groenewald. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, […]

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Investigators Searching for ‘Mass Grave’ of Rhinos on Poaching Suspect’s Property

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Investigators believe several rhino carcasses were disposed of on a farm near Musina. Forensic investigators are searching for rhino carcasses on the 4,000-hectare farm named Pragtig, owned by alleged rhino crime syndicate member Dawie Groenewald. Rhishja Cota-LarsonI am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and […]

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