Rhinos Are Also Coronavirus Victims

Rhinos Are Also Coronavirus Victims

As Africa’s national parks and game reserves have emptied of tourists and reduced ranger patrols amid the coronavirus pandemic, conservationists say a troubling trend has taken root. Opportunistic poachers, taking advantage of the lull, are maiming and killing rhinos and other endangered creatures in areas usually considered safe from such attacks ― and there are […]

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These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

Red-billed Oxpeckers Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

There’s long been a debate over whether Red-billed Oxpeckers earn their keep. As their name suggests, these common birds of Africa’s open lands like to hang around with domestic cattle and many large, wild mammal species. They eat ticks and other pesky parasites clinging to their hosts. Less helpfully, they also sometimes peck at wounds […]

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Indonesia to capture 3 wild Sumatran rhinos to add to breeding population

Indonesia to capture 3 wild Sumatran rhinos to add to breeding population

EAST LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Officials in Indonesia say they hope to capture three Sumatran rhinos from the wild for a recently expanded sanctuary where experts are carrying out breeding attempts to save the species from extinction. The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, in Lampung province at the southern end of Sumatra […]

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Brave Kruger Ranger Single-Handedly Takes Down Five Armed Poachers

Brave Kruger Ranger Single-Handedly Takes Down Five Armed Poachers

A brave park ranger single-handedly apprehended a group of ‘five heavily-armed suspectedrhino poachersin the Kruger National Park (KNP) this weekend’. The gang had five fresh rhino horns in their possession as well as a high-calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and other equipment used for poaching. Their vehicle has been impounded as part of the investigation.The incident […]

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Indonesia plans IVF for recently captured Sumatran rhino

Indonesia plans IVF for recently captured Sumatran rhino

EAST LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities will make their first attempt at in vitro fertilization of a Sumatran rhino, aiming to boost the critically endangered species’ gene pool in the process. The egg for the IVF attempt will come from Pahu, a solitary female Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) being held at the Kelian Lestari Sumatran […]

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190 Rhinos Poached In Kruger National Park This Year Already

Bringing local communities into mainstream conservation was vital to South African efforts aimed at curbing rhino poaching that has steadily declined from a peak of 1,215 animals killed five years ago, the environmental minister said on Sunday. South Africa, with one of the world’s largest rhino populations, is battling organised crime syndicates targeting its national […]

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