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Rhino kits

The South African National Parks yesterday received 1 000 DNA kits to ensure effective prosecution of rhino poachers. According to SanParks, the kits from the faculty of Veterinary Services of the University of Pretoria will go a long way in ensuring management of the rhino population and effective prosecution of rhino horn poachers.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, SANParks CEO, Dr David Mabunda, said that

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Technology catches up with rhino poachers…

Mbombela – A rhino DNA sample kit is expected to help prosecutors be even tougher on those caught with rhino horns. If DNA tests positively link a horn to a specific rhino carcass, suspects will no longer get away with only a charge of possession, they will also be charged with the illegal hunting of rhino and theft. “DNA evidence can now be used to link suspects found in possession of horns with the actual carcass, irrespective of how much time has passed,” said Advocate Johan Kruger, national head of the Organised Crime component in the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Chief executive of South African National Parks (SANParks), David Mabunda, said the kit would also assist all rhino owners and managers to document individual rhinos in their care.

“We would like to encourage them to take full advantage of this opportunity so that we may

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Arrest of suspected hippo poacher

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the iSimangaliso Wetland Authority are extremely pleased with the arrest by members of the SAPF on 13 October 2010 of a man suspected of large scale poaching in the Muzi Pan/Mbazwane area of Northern Zululand. The arrest follows a long investigation into illegal hunting in the area and culminated in the arrest of Sipho Bhekizwe Zikhali (30) of the Manzibomvu area suspected of poaching in the Ozabeni, Muzi Pans, and Lake Sibaya areas. Zikhali appeared in the Mbazwane Magistrates Court on 14 October 2010 and the case was remanded to today, 21 October for a bail hearing.

With the ongoing drought hippos are tending to gather in the Muzi Pan as

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Rhino Day

not sure that the noise-making will do much but donations should help…

Concerned about Rhino poaching? Then get ready to take a stand and to make some noise. On 22 September (today), RHINO DAY, WWF calls on all concerned citizens of the world to dust off their vuvuzelas, toot their horns and to make as much noise as possible, at 1pm, as a symbolic act to send a powerful message to leaders that the time to take serious and effective action against rhino poaching is now.

RHINO DAY will be the culmination of a month-long campaign by WWF and other partners, encouraging the public to