From The Citizen (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania):
Tanzania: More Rhinos Equals More Money
23 January 2012
Reports to the effect that the number of rhinos is rising in Ngorongoro is good news for two reasons. First, efforts to protect endangered species are evidently paying off.
Second, we have living proof that the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority is determined to protect Tanzania’s treasured wildlife.
The rhino count now stands at 45 and, if all goes well, there should be 50 of them by 2015.
The demand for ivory has exposed African rhinos and elephants to great risk. During the 1970’s and 1980s, the number of elephants and rhinos dropped drastically due to poaching.
The trend has been reversed in the past decade, resulting in an increase in the number of these valuable animals. It is not difficult to spot them these days, and this has boosted tourist numbers in our game reserves and national parks.
Tanzania earned about Sh1.901 trillion from tourism related activities in 2010. The projections for the last year were $1.7 billion. In 2010, the country earned a handsome $1.2 billion from 700,000-plus tourists, many of them from the big tourism sources.
But this is no time to rest on our laurels. Tourism is one of the key sectors that drive our economy. The relevant authorities, including Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa), should double their efforts to curb poaching and protect endangered species.So should the rest of the population, which stands to benefit from any gains in tourism.
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Rhino Number Increases Eightfold: here.
Greenpeace Statement on Rhino Poaching in South Africa: here.
South Africa: More Rhino Poachers to Be Arrested, Says Kruger: here.
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, received a R100 000 boost from the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) to help fund the upkeep of its Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS): here.
Rhino wars – 7th March 2012: here.
March 2012. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs is concerned about the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching. To date, a total of 135 rhinos have been killed for the illegal trade in rhino horn: here.
Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.
Rhino Count 2012, South Africa:
19 January 2012: 1 Hluhluwe iMfolozi found recently date unknown
16 January 2012: 1 Mossel Bay, Kobus Crous – Farm Bergsig
15 January 2012: 2 Madikwe 1 carcass found, Ndumo 2 month old carcass
13 January 2012: 4 KNP… – Pretoriuskop area
11 January 2012: 5 Rhino Private Reserve near Stofberg
11 January 2012: 3 Rhino – KNP
09 January 2012: 2 White Rhino at Ndumo and 1 Black Rhino at Mkhusi
09-10 January 2012 : 9 KNP (4 near Pretoriuskop, 2 near Lower-Sabie and 2 near Crocodile Bridge +1 other area to be confirmed)
04 January 2012: 4 KNP Satara area
04 January 2012: 1 Rhino Gravellotte area, Limpopo
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United States: Government officials said today that seven people have been arrested in Los Angeles, New Jersey and New York on suspicion of trafficking rhinoceros horns.
One of the seven, Jin Zhao Feng, is a Chinese citizen who police believe oversaw a smuggling ring shipping horns to China.
All species of rhinoceros are critically endangered. The horns of the animals are used in some cultures as ornaments, good luck charms or for supposed medicinal properties.
By one estimate, a rhino is killed every 18 hours in South Africa. If you find this fact startling, you’re not alone.
On a recent trip to South Africa, CI’s own Kim McCabe saw the aftereffects of this awful poaching. But she also saw a rhino, recovered from poaching injuries, going back into the wild.
As Kim writes on our blog, “Like all wildlife, the rhino is part of the complex web of life that makes our planet so special — and like every unique species, helps to balance the ecosystems we rely on for food, water, fresh air, arable soil and many other ecosystem services.”
Visit CI’s blog to watch Kim’s video of the rhino going back into the wild — and to get an inside look at her visit to a South African game reserve.
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