Counter Poaching Efforts

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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Flutterby » Wed May 22, 2019 8:17 am

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20 May at 19:53 ·
A radical approach to protecting southern white rhinos from poachers is a gamble that appears to be paying off. A private wildlife reserve has teamed up with the Rhino Rescue Project in a bid to save the species by infusing rhino horns with a mixture of toxins and dyes.⁣ The goal of the initiative: make rhino horn less desirable for poachers and potential buyers.⁣⁣
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Dr. Lorinda Hern of the Rhino Rescue Project, told the Associated Press that the tubular structure of the horns makes it possible to infuse liquid compounds capable of contaminating them without doing any harm to the animals themselves. "You can see quite a lot of seepage from inside the horn some distance away from the infusion device," says Hern. "And so there is quite clearly is movement within this horn, which would obviously be impossible if horns weren't permeable."⁣⁣
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The Rhino Rescue Project started testing the method on their own animals in 2010 and has carried out approximately 700 infusions since then. So far, only 2% of rhinos with a toxin-infused horn have been poached, a total that reserve owner Anthony Baber is thankful for. "We believe that there is merit in doing this," Baber told the Associated Press. "There is nothing else that you can do apart from de-horning the rhino and no one wants to take a photograph of a rhino without a horn."⁣⁣
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According to the World Wildlife Fund, rhino horn has become a party drug and a health supplement believed to be a cure for everything from hangovers to cancer in countries like China and Vietnam.⁣⁣

Hern says rhino horns are still leaving South Africa's borders at an alarming rate, but the Rhino Rescue Project and the University of the Witwatersrand hope to develop an implant to better track rhinos trafficked to other countries.⁣⁣
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"We have partnered with Wits University in an attempt to improve on the procedure with the addition of radioactive isotopes," says Hern. "So now you can make rhino horns that have been treated highly detectable, even by using benign sources of radiation, so that across international borders, they can't be smuggled at all."⁣

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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Richprins » Wed May 22, 2019 8:42 am

A number of pages here about the same process that was mooted in 2014:


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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Lisbeth » Wed May 22, 2019 9:21 am

I remember this phrase:
and that KNP had a sizeable stockpile of horns that it would never be able to sell if the reputation of SA horn was tainted.
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Those horns are many more than the rhinos poached during a few years :evil:
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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Klipspringer » Thu May 23, 2019 3:54 pm

A presentation from the Savana Science Network Meeting 2019 by Sam Ferreira & Danie Pienaar


Perhaps some clever people here can make any sense of it lol

https://www.sanparks.org/assets/docs/co ... -guard.pdf


and some funny maths for population estimates and future trends

https://www.sanparks.org/assets/docs/co ... itions.pdf

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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Richprins » Thu May 23, 2019 5:17 pm

Thanks, Klippies!

The power point is interesting but one would have to have been there and privileged, I suppose?

They lost me a bit with this nonsense: increased militarization alienate people and re-enforce social injustices

It is plain criminality and stealing, and ironically a bit further down they say how more rhino were poached in the high-protected zone than outside, which means there are predominantly inside jobs and informants. The locusts will kill every last rhino, community or no community.
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Re: Counter Poaching Efforts

Post by Richprins » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:14 am

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