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Hundreds of Rhinos to Be Evacuated From Kruger National Park

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- 1378 days ago -
Nearly 500 rhinos could be moved from South Africa's Kruger National Park to save them from poachers if plans are approved, say the country's Department of Environmental Affairs.

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Veronique L (209)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:22 am
Noted Cal

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:35 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 9:31 am
If it's approved?? Why wouldn't it be--just get them outta there.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:02 am
Very much noted. TY; CAL

Kamia T (89)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:33 am
Now how sad it really that we can't even let endangered animals live in their natural habitat in protected preserves? I think we need to have an elite sniper squad that starts taking aim at the poachers too.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:33 am
I did see a programme on TV the other night showing a Rhino having it's horn injected with a pungent red dye which renders the horn useless for Chinese medicine. The dye remains apparent to poachers and should prevent the Rhino from being killed. Could the same be done here?

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:32 am

Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:38 am
Poachers cannot rule any is about time we got seriously tough with them...and I mean really tough. Thanks Cal!

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:34 pm

Heidi Walderra (162)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:05 pm
noted and shared

Malgorzata Z (198)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:08 pm

Dianne D (490)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:45 pm
need to do what ever it takes to save them. I think the country needs to put their armies out to protect the wildlife and kill the poachers.

Anette S (22)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:02 pm
sadly noted

Janet R (38)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:25 pm
Perhaps they should hire more law enforcement. I imagine the rhinos would have trauma if moved to a new area.

Angelika Kempter (96)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:25 pm

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:57 pm
Thank you, Cal. Noted.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:57 pm
Noted. All poachers, of any species, should get the death sentence. They are causing the extinction of species so the death sentence is justified.

reft h (66)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:10 pm
the world is getting awfully small for these poor animals, I hope this works for them

Linda P (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:26 pm
I sure hope this is approved, this would be wonderful.

Walter F (128)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:11 pm
As someone noted "it is time to get tough with poachers." It sure is,.S.A. has a standing army of close to 4oooo recruits.Why can't some of these be used to patrol the park and protect the animals.?".They could hone up their shootimg skills on poachers.

S J (130)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:34 pm
noted, thanks

Rhonda B (106)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:23 pm
Noted Cal.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:56 am
So sad poor Rhinos.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:23 am

Hent catalina - maria (95)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:25 am

Frances D (133)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:28 am
Whatever it takes to save them BUT that won't stop the poachers or the demand.

Angela AWAY K (379)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:41 am
Noted & shared

Mona Pietsch (9)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:43 am

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:59 am

SylvieBusy A (193)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:11 am
Notée, merci.

John Pierce (228)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:34 am
The bulk of the rhinos who were supposedly airlifted to safety from poachers in SAfrica have been sold to trophy hunting operations. An additional 20 rhinos to be sold on auction.

Tanya W (65)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:34 am

Denise D (33)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:16 am
Noted. So, let me get this straight. Kruger National Park is where most of the last of the black and white rhinos live, and poachers are targeting this Park? 351 rhinos poached just this year alone? Well, Obviously this parks' rangers could've been doing a better job! Now 260 rhinos are being sold to safari parks? Does this make sense to anyone??? How are these safari parks going to truly safeguard the rhinos from not being included in the normal, everyday trophy huntings??? Where is the petition against this??

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:21 am
Noted. Thanks Cal.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:28 am
Anything to save them!

Marija M (29)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:40 am
Noted, tks for sharin Cal

Ramil A (269)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:07 am

Tina F (113)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:34 am
This is not conservation
The bulk of the rhinos who were supposedly airlifted to safety from poachers in SAfrica have been sold to trophy hunting operations. An additional 20 rhinos to be sold on auction.

Noted, but... read the comments from Walter Firth and above. The rhinos (and elephants and big cats and....) need saving from poachers but is this the way? As long as the intense interest in objects showing a high status and/or imagined "medical" effects are keeping the prices extremely high the (mostly poor and uneducated) poachers will kill for it. And rich trophy hunters will gladly pay a lot of money for the pure joy of killing! It is bad luck for the animals living in very corrupt countries. As long as poachers and corrupt officials alike are earning a lot for personal gain, how do we stop it? Thanks Cal for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:43 am
The bulk of the rhinos South African National Parks (SANParks) wants to move out of the Kruger to protect them from poachers will go to private game reserves in the Northern Cape.

SANParks signed contracts with three hunting outfits based in Northern Cape reserves late last year for the translocation of 260 Kruger rhinos.

The estimated income from these sales, in addition to a further 20 rhinos to be sold on auction, was R80-million.

The main motivation behind the move was not the income, however, but the need to provide an alternative breeding population of rhinos in a safer environment than the besieged Kruger. At least 1 827 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the Kruger since 2010 – there have been two poaching incidents in the Northern Cape in the same period.

The outfits that contracted to buy 260 Kruger rhinos were Chapungu Safaris Africa, Wintershoek Safaris and Steyn Safaris.

Chapungu Safaris Africa owns two game farms, one in the Eastern Cape. The second, called Kalahari Oryx, spans 180 000 acres in the Northern Cape and is co-owned by retail magnate Christo Wiese.

The three outfits host photographs of rhino hunts on their websites. They are all members of local and international professional hunting organisations.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:44 am
Strategic removals
The thinking behind these strategic removals of rhinos from the Kruger is to increase birth rates while decreasing mortality rates.

“The establishment of intensively protected rhino conservancies outside national parks under a poaching siege serves as a final strategic task to manage rhinos and improve their conservation status in the donor and recipient sites,” said SANParks scientists in a strategy document in April.

“These removed rhinos can serve as sources for new safe populations or as storage sites for surplus rhinos such as black rhino bulls.”

The scientists envisaged establishing “rhino conservancies” in alternative localities where poaching risks are low.

“Within such areas, SANParks and it collaborators manage rhino population structures to maximise population growth using husbandry approaches,” they said.

“This can range from free-ranging large areas where managers keep rhinos with increased protection but no supplementary feeding and limited manipulation of demographics for breeding purposes, to captive breeding facilities where rhinos live at high densities in small confined areas with supplementary feeding and intense protection and husbandry.”

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:44 am
Rhino strongholds
Controversy surrounding the sales contracts to the three hunting outfits led to the suspension of the SANParks head of conservation, Hector Magome, in early June. Magome is challenging the suspension and has taken it to arbitration.

In the meantime, the government did a 360-degree turnaround this week on earlier statements that no rhinos would be moved from the Kruger.

Environment Minister Edna announced at a press briefing on August 12 that strategic removals were one of the measures approved by the Cabinet for the management of rhino populations.

“South Africa is considering a range of rhino strongholds inclusive of South African national parks, provincial reserves, communal areas and private reserves. South Africa also recognises international opportunities for establishing rhino strongholds in neighbouring countries in Southern Africa,” Molewa said.

This approach would “allow the offsetting of poaching in the short to medium term, while also expanding rhino range and improving overall population size”.

The minister said the approach was in keeping with South Africa’s sustainable use policies, but she did not specify where the rhinos would be going.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:45 am
I am totally confused what these idiots want and do. I don't believe in ANYTHING these monkeys do.

. (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:54 am
I am confused, too. Officials are taking the rhinos out of the park to protect them from getting poached, but then they sell them to hunting companies and game farms where they will be "canned hunted". The people behind all of this are sick POS's who should themselves be hunted and killed.

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:21 am
Noted. Poachers have to be stopped, for sure, but not just them, but everyone the whole way up the chain need to be stopped. The only real way to do that, as far as I can see, it to stop the ivory trade altogether. I like the red dye approach!

Thomas M (8)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:26 am
Where is the will of the South African government on this issue? I don't have the answer, but to move 500 Rhinos to spread out the risk of Rhino death just seems odd. I would probably send a few SA troops to the national park and clean the mess up. African governments seem to be beholden to the "hunter" organizations. Why don't they realize the money to be made via environmental causes and tourism.

Stardust Noel (38)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:45 am
I sure hope it's approved!

Shelli S (374)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:03 pm
Why does these evil scum sucking poachers manage 2 keep breathing? It's long overdue, nuke these poachers straight 2 hell!! Enough!!! Thanks Cal

Malgorzata Z (198)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:06 pm

Kat M (226)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:43 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:29 pm

Betty K (304)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:03 pm
Let's do what we can to save these rhinos even though it is less than ideal solution.

Gordon Van Gies (117)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:39 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:47 pm
Just hire 500 local villagers to protect the rhinos with permission to shoot poachers on sight!

Sunday August 17, 2014, 8:52 pm
Love your idea Christine S. Thanks for sharing Cal

Shani Nickelson (39)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 10:37 pm
If They Are Truly Going To Be Protected From All That Want To Harm Them Then It Is A Wonderful Thing We Have To Start Preserving Our Wildlife They Are So Important To Our Future And Enviroment

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:40 pm
I Just Hope that these Beautiful Animals can be moved Safely and Unharmed, but am at the same time feeling anxious that they Are Indeed being moved to a Safe area and Not into More Danger. They are So Vulnerable ! But I guess there aren't any other viable options at this time and it Does seem that they Cannot stay much longer where they are now. Heart Breaking that it Has to come this.

Jana Repova (65)
Monday August 18, 2014, 2:12 am
Noted. Thanks.

Ana Lopes (92)
Monday August 18, 2014, 3:20 am

. (0)
Monday August 18, 2014, 4:31 am
I have little faith in this plan...a national park,vs a nature preserve?

Danuta W (1249)
Monday August 18, 2014, 5:44 am

Cheryl H (91)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:10 am
Noted..Thanks Cal.

Patricia W (48)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:45 pm
Noted. Thanks Cal. Two comments ...

Poaching should be a capital offence. Shoot the scumbags and leave there for the scavengers, like they leave the bodies of their victims. Poachers need to know they're to become endangered.

And I saw a disturbing story that has me confused. According to the rhinos were to be airlifted - to hunting reserves. And more sold at auction. Hector Magome, SANPark's Head of Conservation, is behind sales contracts to three hunting outfits. This a$$#ole should be at the top of someone's hit list.

I like what Geoff K said, and hope it's true. Stain the rhino horns and make them worthless to humans.


Dianne D (490)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:29 pm
We need to do whatever benefits the rhino. I think the country needs to put their armies out to protect the Rhino's and use the poachers for target practice.

Linda F (16)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:30 pm
Shoot to kill! the poachers! Simple and effective. Time to get tough, maybe they will understand this.

Marilyn M (145)
Friday August 22, 2014, 11:56 pm
Noted. Thank you, Cal.

Dorota Wisniewska (17)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:46 am
evacuating rhinos from a park!! how sad is that!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:14 am
Hmmm! Not sure about this... if they are in a more remote area does this not mean that poachers will be able to find them more easily... and find them they will!!! Doesn't it make more sense to spend the huge amount of money the evacuation will cost in arming and training more rangers??? What if some of them end up as part of a 'legal' cull (which happens!!!!) and sold to 'regulated' hunting sites so that the other kind of killers an bag a trophy or 10??? ( which also happens!!!! ) :(

federico b (47)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:56 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 10:54 pm
Load 'em up if they will be saved.
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