Rhino poaching

African wildlife news

September 17th, 2009

Excellent article on “Saving Africa’s ‘unicorn’, the okapi” . Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the okapi, and its rainforest habitat, in the aftermath of a brutal civil war. Now, as a semblance of peace has settled over Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the okapi’s prospects have further dimmed, for its home is increasingly seen as a rich source of timber, minerals, and bush meat to help the war-torn country rebuild. Here

The oldest known silverback in the wild has died in Rwanda at the age of 35

Kruger Park is losing white rhinos to poachers. South Africa has lost 33 rhinos to poachers this year, 28 of them were illegally killed along the eastern boundary with Mozambique.

Saving gorillas by bringing healthcare to local people in Uganda, an interview with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Here

Rhino poaching rife

July 26th, 2009 Rhino poaching in both in Africa and Asia has risen to a 15-year-high driven by Asian demand for horns, according to new research. An estimated two to three animals are being killed a week in some areas. “An estimated three rhinos were illegally killed each month in all of Africa from 2000-05, out of a population of around 18,000. In contrast, 12 rhinoceroses now are being poached each month in South Africa and Zimbabwe alone, the three groups told the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee this week in Geneva.” The problem is not restricted to Africa “About 10 rhinos have been poached in India and at least seven in Nepal since January alone” Science Daily See also