Largest rhino farm in the world harvests horns to protect the species

March 4, 2016 by  
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Nearly half of South Africa’s rhinos were killed by poachers last year, and a private army is working hard to protect the remaining animals. Rhinos are hunted almost exclusively for their horns, so John Hume opened a rhino ranch of sorts where he could harvest horns from live rhinos without harming them. A hornless rhino is not an attractive target for a poacher, and Hume and other farmers fought for years to overturn the ban on selling rhino horns so farmers could legally profit from their livestock. Read the rest of Largest rhino farm in the world harvests horns to protect the species

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South African court lifts ban on selling rhino horn

November 30, 2015 by  
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In a shocking decision handed down late last week, a panel of three South African judges struck down the country’s ban on trading rhino horn . Two of the country’s largest rhino farmers, upset that they couldn’t profit from the sale of their herds’ horns, challenged the 2009 ban on the grounds that it had been imposed on the country without any public input. Read the rest of South African court lifts ban on selling rhino horn

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Will Pembient’s 3D-printed rhino horn save the species from extinction?

June 22, 2015 by  
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After 40 million years roaming the earth, the rhinoceros has reached a point where it is classified as “critically endangered”—the Western black rhino has been declared extinct , and only one, single Northern white rhino is left alive on the planet. These majestic creatures have only one predator: humans. Rhino horns are highly prized by some in China and Vietnam as both status symbols and as an alternative “remedy”—one with no basis in medical fact. In the hope of curbing the poaching of rhinos, San Francisco-based biotech firm Pembient is planning to flood the market with 3D-printed synthetic rhino horn that is genetically very similar to the real thing. The company also plans to launch a synthetic rhino horn beer later this year in China. Read the rest of Will Pembient’s 3D-printed rhino horn save the species from extinction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal poaching , conservation , endangered animals , pembient , rhino beer , rhino china , rhino conservation status , rhino horn , rhino medicine , rhino poaching , rhino vietnam , white rhino

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Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

May 29, 2015 by  
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Over the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for their  ivory . The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a dramatic 48 percent decrease in the number of elephants from 20,000 to just over 10,000. The Wildlife Conservation Society said that the decline is directly attributed to rampant poaching. Read the rest of Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: africa elephant poaching , Elephant Poaching , elephant tusks , mozambique poaching elephants , Rhino horns , rhino poaching , tanzania elephant poachers

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Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos

October 8, 2014 by  
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A senior park ranger from South Africa’s Kruger National Park has been charged with rhino poaching. To make matters even worse, the section ranger, Lawrence Baloyi, has previously spoken out publicly about the evils of poaching . He was arrested in late September after two poachers – both also employees of the park – were caught red-handed by police and confessed that Baloyi was their boss in the poaching operation. The case is raising serious questions about corruption within South Africa’s national parks and authorities must now try to determine just how long Baloyi has been leading a double life. Read the rest of Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , animal poaching , corruption , endangered animals , illegal wildlife trade. poaching , kruger national park , protected animals , rhino poaching , South Africa , South African park ranger caught rhino poaching

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New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

June 22, 2014 by  
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When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New Jersey is a hub for the illegal wildlife trade. The Garden State recently took a symbolic stand against this horrific practice by  passing a bill that eliminates the trade in  ivory  and rhinoceros horn. The politicians who sponsored the bill, along with those from top conservation organizations, applaud the move and are confident it will help to deter poaching around the world. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Elephant Poaching , elephant tusks , new jersey ivory ban , new jersey rhino horn ban , Rhino horns , rhino poaching

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DIY: Spice Up Your Child’s Lunch Box With These Cute Onigiri Panda Bears

June 22, 2014 by  
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Have you ever wanted to be a bento box master but don’t know where to start? Most food art we see on Pinterest can take hours to create, so we’ve tracked down a recipe that’s not only easy to make but adorable and healthy as well! These onigiri panda are fun to make with your kids and easy way to spice up an ordinary lunch box. Click through to see the step-by-step directions for how to make these cute panda bears! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bento box , DIY , how-to , Onigiri , panda bear , pickled ginger , rice ball , Seaweed

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Kenya Takes High Tech Stand Against Rhino Poaching

October 17, 2013 by  
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Kenyan officials announced Wednesday that the country will be taking a serious stand against rhinoceros poaching by implanting every rhino in the country with a trackable microchip. As poachers still run rampant throughout much of Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Service is turning to technology to protect the species. Authorities hope that the chips will not only enable them to track down poached horns , but also help prosecute poachers by gathering important evidence. Read the rest of Kenya Takes High Tech Stand Against Rhino Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti poaching , eco design , green design , high tech poaching defense , Kenya poachers , Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) , micro chips for rhino horns , rhino horn black market , rhino micro chip , rhino poaching , sustainable design , WWF donates micro chips for Kenyan rhinos        

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Elephant, Rhino Poaching Driven By China’s Economic Boom, Study Says

August 14, 2011 by  
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The Guardian reports on a new study which has found that “the number of ivory items on sale in key centres in southern China has more than doubled since 2004, with most traded illegally.” Fears about the future of elephants and rhinos of Africa has the researchers calling for China to tighten the enforcement of ivory trading regulations. Read the full story on The Guardian. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Study Confirms Zimbabwe, South Africa Form Epicenter of Rhino Poaching Crisis

December 1, 2009 by  
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A recent study points out that 95% of illegal African rhino killings since 2006 have occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa. A sobering report from the IUCN Species Survival Commission, African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups, and TRAFFIC says that Africa’s rhino poaching crisis is far from over – and warns that the continued involvement of Chinese and Vietnamese nationals in rhinoceros-related crimes must be addressed by law enforcement in both Africa and Asia. Read more of this story »

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