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South Africa Sentences Trio to 25 Years for Rhino Poaching

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South African officials say a court has sentenced three people to 25 years in prison for rhinoceros poaching and possession of illegal firearms. Wildlife authorities say the punishment is the harshest to date for the illegal killing of a rhino. The poachers were sentenced by a court in Phalaborwa, near Kruger National Park, which borders […]

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South Africa Says Rhino Poaching Arrests Top 200 in 1 Year

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa says authorities arrested more than 200 suspected rhino poachers during a one year period ending in March. A Department of Environmental Affairs report says 92 of the 214 suspects were arrested in Kruger National Park, home to the largest population of black and white rhinos in South Africa. It says 16 suspected poachers […]

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WWF: Record Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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An international wildlife group says rhino poaching in South Africa has hit an all-time high. The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday quoted government figures showing that 341 rhinos have been lost to poaching so far this year, compared with 333 during all of 2010. South Africa National Parks predicts the number of rhinos poached in […]

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Portugal Arrests 2 for Trafficking Rhino Horns

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Portuguese police have arrested two Australian nationals trying to smuggle rhino horns worth half a million dollars out of the country. Authorities said Monday the two men were detained at Portugal’s Lisbon airport after horns were found in their luggage. The father and son had been booked on a flight to Ireland. It was unclear […]

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South Africa Arrests Alleged Rhino Horn Dealer

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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South African police say they have arrested a Thai man who organized rhinoceros hunts as part of a scheme to sell their horns on the black market. Suspect Chumlong Lemtongthai was due to appear in court early this week. He was arrested at his Johannesburg-area home on Saturday, after a year-long investigation by the South […]

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