Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:19 pm


Namibia have had a very good record indeed...these poacher scumballs are targeting everything. :evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:21 pm

Ja, and this was a dehorned rhino :evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:59 am

54% of all rhino horn seizures worldwide involve Chinese and Vietnamese nationals

China and Viet Nam have long been labelled the two biggest markets for the rhino horn trade, but now the extent of Chinese and Vietnamese involvement in the market has been documented for the first time in an interactive map produced by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Cataloguing publicly available data on seizures and thefts across the globe, the map shows that during the last decade a staggering 54% of all rhino horn seizures worldwide involve Chinese and Vietnamese nationals, but that the conviction rate for these thefts is minimal.

Other key trends include an escalation of arrests outside the poaching epicentre of the last few years, South Africa, as the crisis spills into Namibia and back into Zimbabwe, and a surprising spate of museum heists across Europe. Produced to coincide with World Environment Day on 5 June, it is hoped the map will spur governments to tighten legislation and enforcement efforts. ... 3ba34201cd

Horns of a Dilemma:Mozambique poaching enriching North Korea

Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:05 am

Horns of a Dilemma: Mozambique poaching enriching North Korea’s leadership



The fatal breach in South Africa’s defence against rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park is Mozambique – and corrupt diplomats are continually widening it.
According to a study just released by Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, the country is incapable of disrupting the criminal syndicates that have turned it into a major trans-shipment point for rhino horn, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and dagga. The value of illegal drug trade in Mozambique, it claims, is probably greater than all foreign aid combined.

Global Initiative rhino investigator Julian Rademeyer found that the corruption permeating every level of the Mozambique state and the country’s leaky ports, airports and borders made it a smuggler’s paradise. Of great concern is what he describes as “dodgy diplomats”, particularly North Koreans, using this weakness to smuggle illicit products.

Once hailed as a post-civil war success story, Mozambique, he says, is a country in crisis, paralysed by rampant corruption, a weak judiciary, an ineffectual and criminally compromised police force, and powerful criminal syndicates with tentacles reaching into every level of the state.

Many of Mozambique’s political elite, according to Global Initiative, have grown fat on the proceeds of the patronage networks that grew and festered for a decade under the country’s former president, Armando Guebuza.

“His successor, Filipe Nyusi, is still grappling with Guebuza’s toxic legacy and, more than a year since he took office, has yet to solidify control over the state and Frelimo, the ruling party.”

Added to Mozambique’s problems is its role as a key regional money-laundering hub, a dramatic increase in kidnappings-for-ransom and a series of high profile assassinations that, among others, have claimed the lives of a judge, journalists and, most recently, a prosecutor.

“There is a very real sense of fear within the judiciary and government,” a diplomat based in Maputo told Global Initiative. “People don’t want to rock the boat because they could be next.”

In May this year the country was also rocked by revelations that the government had tried to conceal close to $1.4-billion in hidden loans from donor countries and agencies. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the European Union (EU), African Development Bank, and several other donors suspended aid “pending a full disclosure and assessment of the facts”.

An IMF official said the concealment “is probably one of the largest cases of the provision of inaccurate data by a government the IMF has seen in an African country in recent times”. Mozambique is heavily dependent on foreign aid.

Conservationists in South Africa and Mozambique say they are encouraged by the work done by Mozambique’s National Agency for Conservation Areas, but are frustrated by the lack of progress from the Mozambican police in apprehending key poaching and trafficking ringleaders.

“Policing is abysmal,” said a Mozambican conservationist. “There’s enough evidence to arrest and prosecute. We know who the key figures are. They are very well known. Despite that, we are not able to arrest any of the poaching gang leaders.”

The Global Initiative report highlights the increasing role and impunity of North Korean diplomats in criminal activities in the southern African region. An example was the arrest, in Maputo in May 2015, of a North Korean diplomat and a Taekwon-Do instructor after 4.5kg of rhino horn and $100,000 was found in their vehicle. Police detained them and impounded the vehicle.

Within hours of learning of the incident, the North Korean ambassador to South Africa, Yong Man-ho, was on a flight from Johannesburg to Maputo. The diplomats were released after paying $30,000 and the vehicle was returned to them.

Diplomatic and government sources in South Africa have made similar claims, telling Global Initiative that the North Korean embassy in Pretoria is “actively involved in smuggling ivory and rhino horn” and may be linked to other illegal activities.

There are also allegations that the North Korean embassy in Addis Ababa is being used as a transit point for the smuggling of illicit wildlife products to China, with embassy officials abusing their diplomatic status to act as couriers.

Since the mid-1970s, North Korea’s involvement in transnational organised crime – particularly drug and cigarette trafficking, weapons smuggling and the production of counterfeit US currency – has grown steadily, peaking during the severe economic crisis and famine the country faced in the early and mid-1990s.

North Korean embassy officials have been implicated in 16 of the 29 smuggling cases involving diplomats that Global Initiative identified in a variety of sources dating from 1986.

A 2007 assessment of illicit activity and smuggling networks concluded that “North Korea possesses sophisticated smuggling capabilities developed from years of transnational criminal activity, driven by economic necessity and justified with ideological veneer”. These illicit activities are said to be controlled by a shadowy agency known as Division 39.

The US described it as “a secretive branch of the government… that provides critical support to [the]North Korean leadership, in part through engaging in illicit economic activities, managing slush funds and generating revenues for the leadership”. In this North Korea’s embassies appear to play a key role.

From the mid-1960 to the late 1990s, according to Global Initiative, Pyongyang poured military and financial resources into Africa, hoping to sway newly independent countries to recognise the North Korean leadership. Embassies were established across the continent but quickly became a financial burden.

After the country defaulted on its international debts in 1975, its embassies were required to “self-fund” their operations, a practice that continues to this day. “Diplomats are expected to earn enough money to supplement their paltry salaries and be able to make sizeable financial contributions to the central government in Pyongyang.” Some embassies even use their vehicles as a private taxi service.

According to Rademeyer, the need to self-fund is part of the reason Korean diplomats have been implicated in crimes ranging from diamond, gold, drug and gun smuggling to trafficking in counterfeit currency, cigarettes, medicines and electronics.

With seeming immunity from prosecution by African states, supporting organised crime seems to have become one of the primary preoccupations of North Korea’s beleaguered embassies.

With most of the planet’s rhinos in Kruger Park, which borders on Mozambique, the future of the species remains extremely tenuous unless South Africa and the world takes action to hold Maputo and North Korea to account.

Crimes that unhappen

When police stormed a house in Matola on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo, on 12 May 2015, little did they expect to make the largest seizure of ivory and rhino horn in the country’s history.

Packed into shipping crates and piled on the floor were 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns. Together they weighed about 1.3 tonnes, representing the deaths of at least 170 elephants and more than 30 rhinos at the hands of poachers.

Fresh blood spatter and the rank smell of decay indicated that some of the horns were from recent kills. One of the occupants of the house, a Chinese national, was taken into custody. A day later, a second Chinese man was arrested when he offered police investigators a $34,000 bribe to drop the case.

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, praised the “highly significant seizure” and said it hoped the arrests would signal “a new chapter in Mozambique’s history of wildlife trade law enforcement”. Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC’s rhino and elephant programme leader, said it was “now absolutely vital for a full and thorough investigation to be carried out”, adding that “the opportunity must not be squandered”.

But it was squandered. A dozen horns vanished within days of the raid, despite being under guard at the police’s provincial command headquarters. They were replaced with crude replicas made from “bull horns”, according to some reports. The Chinese suspects were released on bail after promising to return to court in November. They disappeared without trace.

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:06 am

It is even worse than I thought in Mozambique :evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:31 am

0*\ :evil:

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:45 pm

Rhino kills conservationist in Rwanda
2017-06-08 19:56
(File: AFP)

Kigali - A conservationist who was training rangers to track and protect black rhinos in Rwanda has been killed by one of the animals, the organisation he worked for has said in a statement.

Information about the exact circumstances of Hungarian Krisztian Gyongyi's death on Wednesday morning in Akagera National Park is "still being gathered", said Peter Fearnhead, the chief executive of Africa Parks.

"(This is) a huge loss for all who knew Kris and for rhino conservation across the continent," said Fearnhead, who sent condolences to Gyongyi's family.

Gyongyi, a married father of one, had been helping reintroduce the black rhino into Akagera National Park while also working on a PhD on the conservation of the animals in Liwonde National Park in Malawi since 2012, the park said.

Black rhinos disappeared from Rwanda in 2007 due to poaching but were reintroduced into the country in May after 20 animals were sent from South Africa to Akagera National Park.

Only about 1 000 East African black rhinos live in the wild, out of a total population of less than 5 000, according to African Parks.

"This is a tremendous loss for all of us, especially for rhino conservation efforts in Africa" said Fearnhead, paying tribute to Gyongyi.

Gyongyi's wife and daughter have been informed of his death. ... a-20170608

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:28 pm

Does SA have so many black rhinos that they can give/sell them to other countries or is Rwanda considered a safe country rhino wise? :-?

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:50 pm

Lisbeth wrote:Does SA have so many black rhinos that they can give/sell them to other countries or is Rwanda considered a safe country rhino wise? :-?

Dunno, Lis? good question!

Re: Rhino Poaching (outside SA) & Horn Trafficking

Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:51 pm

At least 2 dead rhino found dehorned, buried at Zim govt minister's farm – report
2017-06-23 11:34

News24 Correspondent

Harare - Two dead rhino have been found at the farm of a Zimbabwe government minister, reports said Friday.

The two black rhino carcasses were found buried with their horns missing at the 5 000 hectare Savuli Ranch, leased by Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Shuvai Mahofa, reports the state-controlled Herald.

The ranch is one of several privately-owned game farms in the Save Valley Conservancy (SVC), home to the Big Five including endangered rhino.

"The first carcass found at the end of April was buried underground and we suspect this was done to conceal it from being seen by people," Simukai Nyasha, spokesperson for the state national parks and wildlife management authority (Zimparks) told the paper.

"Early June this year another carcass of a sub-adult male rhino was also discovered by Zimparks rangers on patrol at SVC’s Savuli Ranch and a bullet head was found at the scene," he added.

'I'm shocked': Mahofa

Mahofa told the paper she was shocked by news of the discovery but claimed it was the work of her white neighbours who resented her presence within the conservancy.

"I suspect that my neighbouring white conservancy operators might be behind this heinous killing of the rhinos to tarnish my name," she said.

Mahofa was allocated her ranch under the government’s wildlife-based land reform programme. Several other high-ranking ruling party officials were allocated properties in the conservancy, but the allocations were later reversed on the basis they already owned farms elsewhere.

In 2012, the private NewsDay reported that Mahofa was under investigation by Zimparks for poaching.

That was after three buffalo carcasses and other plains game meat was allegedly found at her butchery in the southern town of Gutu. ... t-20170623