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S.Africa, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

South Africa signed an anti-poaching agreement on Thursday with neighbouring Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia. Mozambique is a prime source of illegal hunters hired and armed by transnational crime syndicates to cross the border into South Africa to kill the huge, prehistoric beasts. South Africa's Kruger National Park shares a long border with Mozambique and has borne the brunt of rhino poaching in recent years.

Vietnamese pop stars to help save rhinos

Two Vietnamese pop stars have been co-opted into South Africa's campaign to save the rhino so that they can help spread the message in East Asia where demand for rhino horn is huge. The two, Thu Minh and Thanh Bui, were hosted by the Wilderness Foundation, a conservation group headquartered in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth and which is at the forefront of saving the rhino.

Mozambique considers law to fight big game poaching

Mozambique is considering a new law to fight poaching, as the number of rhinos killed so far this year in neighbouring South Africa reached 277, a minister said Wednesday. The proposed Conservation Areas Law will impose a prison sentence of up to 12 years, as well as a $90,000 (65,000 euros) fine for poachers of endangered species, including rhino and elephant. Under the current laws, wildlife poaching is not considered a crime in Mozambique, where a large number of rhino poachers at South Africa's vast Kruger National Park are said to come from.

Mozambique considers law to fight big game poaching

Mozambique is considering a new law to fight poaching, as the number of rhinos killed so far this year in neighbouring South Africa reached 277, a minister said Wednesday. The proposed Conservation Areas Law will impose a prison sentence of up to 12 years, as well as a $90,000 (65,000 euros) fine for poachers of endangered species, including rhino and elephant. Under the current laws, wildlife poaching is not considered a crime in Mozambique, where a large number of rhino poachers at South Africa's vast Kruger National Park are said to come from.

S.Africa rhino poaching up, with 277 killed this year

Rhino poaching is on the rise in South Africa, with 277 of the endangered animals killed this year despite government attempts to clamp down on poaching, the environment ministry said Wednesday. Illegal hunting is up more than a third compared to the same time a year ago, when 203 of the giant animals were slaughtered by poachers, the ministry said in a statement. More than half of the attacks were in Kruger National Park, where 166 animals were killed in the first three months of 2014, despite the deployment of troops to protect them.

Death, tumors harm efforts to save rare rhinos

Efforts to save critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceroses were dealt a double blow this week with the death of one animal in a US zoo and the discovery of reproductive tumors in another. There are just 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in their native lands of Indonesia and Malaysia, and nine are held in captivity for breeding purposes. The lumbering creatures have dwindled rapidly due to deforestation, humans encroaching on their habitat, and illegal poaching for their horns.

Death, tumors harm efforts to save rare rhinos

Efforts to save critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceroses were dealt a double blow this week with the death of one animal at a US zoo and the discovery of reproductive tumors in another. There are just 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in their native lands of Indonesia and Malaysia, and nine are held in captivity for breeding purposes. The lumbering creatures have dwindled rapidly due to deforestation, humans encroaching on their habitat and illegal poaching for their horns.

Zimbabwe rhino poaching drops in 2013, 750 animals remain

The number of rhinos poached in Zimbabwe dropped sharply last year but decades of illegal killing have decimated the population and only 750 remain, a senior wildlife official said on Tuesday. Poachers killed 20 rhinos in the country in 2013, a drop of 66 percent compared with the previous year, the director of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority told AFP on the sidelines of a rhino conservation meeting. This compared with 60 killed in 2013 and 84 slaughtered in the peak poaching year of 2008, said Geoffreys Matipano.

South Africa says over 1,000 rhinos poached in 2013

More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year, the government said Friday, as strong demand from Asia fuelled a 50 percent jump in the illegal slaughter from 2012. "The total number of rhino poached in South Africa during 2013 increased to 1,004," the environment ministry said in a statement. Rhino horns are prized as a status symbol in Asia and mistakenly thought to possess medicinal properties, even though they are composed of the same material as fingernails.

More than 1,000 rhinos poached in South Africa last year - Government

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - More than 1,000 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in 2013, a record number and an increase of over 50 percent from the previous year, the country's department of environmental affairs said on Friday. Rhino hunting is driven by soaring demand in newly affluent Asian countries such as Vietnam and China, where the animal's horns are prized as a key ingredient in traditional medicine.
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