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SOUTH AFRICA RHINO WAR ONGOING COVERAGE

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Please see news 24 GOVERNMENT TIGHT LIPPED ON RHINO POACHING STATS 6 FEB 2017 also covered by conservation action trust

 

  • in evidence to worsen a penalty before a court for poaching the figures of 622 rhinos for kruger national park during 2017, and 21 to 20 Jan 2017 were given in a local publication THE LOWVELDER
  • Kruger might be stablising but other areas are getting worse KZ Natal 101 for 2015 and at least 159 for 2016, the reasoning is the gangs who concentrated on kruger and surrounds are spreading out
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The media briefing is set for tomorrow 17 feb

 

Well perhaps it would have been a whole lot longer if the Kruger figures had not been released in court

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it looks like the date for the briefing has been delayed ,

 

the opening of the announcement is marked new date to be communicated soon, however they have left online the time and venue details for the 17 FEB press confrence

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  • THE CITIZEN reports on 20 feb that 17 feb was abandoned as there was to be a cabinet briefing on that day

 

  • in some point in the past the talk was of briefings every 4 months , they are now saying that is hard to gather the stats

 

  • this all leaves a bad impression, the cabinet briefing would have been know well in advance

 

  • people will be really wondering what is going on , especially when a sod turning ceremony at kruger takes places on 18 feb, it may well have been possible to also do the briefing then and the minister could take some responsibility

 

  • in practice the press quotes the online press release, so is getting together multiple officals a way to delay things?
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  • this is avoiding things, perhaps they don't want to admit that they are clueless and incompetent as regards taking any preventative actions

their failings have been well displayed ,let alone earlier dubious displays on concealed cameras , so they are deliberately avoiding questions

now comes the proposal to once again open a legal rhino horn trade ,existing performance does not give me any confidence that they can bring things under control any better this way

there are multiple reports at http://www.conservationaction.co.za and a very good article 21 feb STH AFRICA OPENS THE DOOR TO THE SALE OF WILDLIFE PARTS at http://www.dailymaverick.co.za

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This is just obscene and that's the only way I can put it. It's just horrendous for South Africa's image as a country.

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Where is South Africa planning on exporting rhino horn now that China and Vietnam are cracking down hard against the trade?

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the final year poaching stats are out

 

 

, well they label the press release highlights on integrated rhino management plan

 

, are they trying to downplay the poaching ?

 

when you print it out the environmental affairs logo is so small that you can't read it

 

  • Kruger national park lost 662 rhinos, other areas 392, total 1054
  • this is overall a decrease , but the figure is worse than 2013
  • the arrest figures are substantially

I am far from impressed , things are staying very bad and I wonder if anyone knows how to get a substantial and ongoing improvement

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  • the poaching numbers excluding Kruger and surrounds was 349 for 2015 and 392 for 2016

Traffic comments that overall black rhino poaching is up, the slight decrease in sth Africa , was more than balanced by increased number in Zimbabwe and namibia

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the bulletin circulated by the conservation action trust is a very useful source of information

 

  • who knows how journalist get information, they have reliable and confidential sources

 

an article called LIES,DAMMED LIES AND RHINO STASTICS dated 28 Feb 2017 in business day says that kw natal is a massive area of poaching now that Kruger is down a bit

 

he gives the poaching figures for the province as 11 in 2011, 99 in 2015 and 160 in 2016

 

that is a growth of 38% in the year

 

  • the overall rhino population has two serious causes of decline poaching and drought
  • drought affects both the existing numbers and lowers the birth rate
  • the article gives Kruger's white rhino population as 10,000 for 2010, 8,800 for 2015 and 7,200 for 2017

 

It is good to see some decline in poaching overall ,but I can't be pleased by an overall loss of such high numbers , this is a chronic illness, I am not celebrating just because the patient is not in intensive care if things don't a whole lot better , this could be a terminal decline

 

the poaching losses have been over 1,000 for 3 years in a row , a slight decrease is no cause to have a party

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