Defending the horn

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Spy-cam rhinos to take on poachers with devices hidden in their horns
Spy-cam rhinos to take on poachers with devices hidden in their horns
Conservationists claim the combination of GPS tracker, heartbeat monitor and spy camera will be a game changer.
In the dark on Botswana-SA rhino move
In the dark on Botswana-SA rhino move
Botswanan military aircraft flew in to SA to grab 20 rhinoceroses, but nobody seems to know why.
'The world must see our golden rhino'
'The world must see our golden rhino'
Considered the equivalent of Tutankhamun's mask, this symbol of precolonial civilisation could leave South Africa for the first time.
Breeding the Black Rhino back
Breeding the Black Rhino back
Black Rhino Expansion Project Winner: Rhino Conservation Award
Thieves raid huge rhino horn haul in Mozambique
Thieves raid huge rhino horn haul in Mozambique
Mozambican officials are arrested on suspicion they aided the theft from a police storeroom.
Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching
Rhino horn trade debate will fuel poaching
By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fueling rhino poaching.
Rhinos may be biggest losers in trade debate
Rhinos may be biggest losers in trade debate
SA holds the rhino's fate in its hands, but will it become a hero of conservation or a pariah?
Bold plan to fly SA rhinos to Texas
Bold plan to fly SA rhinos to Texas
Landowners and conservationists are seeking safe havens as far afield as the US for animals at risk from a poaching epidemic.
South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels
South Africa rhino poaching at new record levels
Despite more resources provided to curb the soaring number of rhino poaching, South Africa has seen an increase this year compared to last year.
Poachers targeting rhino calves in Zimbabwe
Poachers targeting rhino calves in Zimbabwe
The fact that the poachers shot calves and took a small bit of rhino horn shows just how much it is worth in the illegal international market.
Almost the end for Kenya's northern white rhino
Almost the end for Kenya's northern white rhino
With just five left on earth, the animal's end is inevitable, and experts argue whether it's viable to give the species a resurgence in captivity.
Decision over sale of stockpile rhino horn set for 2016
Decision over sale of stockpile rhino horn set for 2016
The environment minister has announced that the decision to sell a massive rhino horn stockpile will be based on a committee's findings.
Kruger Park's sugar road to rhino hell
Kruger Park's sugar road to rhino hell
Poachers are using corporate canelands as an open "highway" from Mozambique into the Kruger National Park.
Misappropriation of ivory funds threatens rhino horn sale
Misappropriation of ivory funds threatens rhino horn sale
900 rhino poached so far this year, with 600 of those being poached in the Kruger National Park.
At what cost are we saving the rhino?
At what cost are we saving the rhino?
Conservation of celebrity animals draws resources away from ensuring the survival of other less sexy species threatened by habitat loss and trade.
New wildlife commission targets rhino horn syndicates
New wildlife commission targets rhino horn syndicates
A new international justice commission based in The Hague is to deal with criminals who smuggle rhino horns through Mozambique.

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels. A total of 1 215 rhinos were killed in 2014, having escalated over the last six years - 448 rhinos were poached in 2011. All five remaining rhino species are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red list of threatened species.

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