Rhino poaching is going to the dogs!!!
We are so thrilled with the effectiveness of the Unitrans Tracker hounds. Yesterday the hounds struck again and were pivotal in the neutralising of 3 poachers and the recovery of their rifle.
What makes these tracker hounds so special, apart from being beautiful foxhounds, is that they are the only tracker dogs that are able to track off lead. The hounds are fitted with GPS collars and the rangers are able to follow them by helicopter. This enables the hounds to track at their running speed of 14 km/hour. Their tracking skills are just incredible to see and they bring a whole new dimension to the war against poaching.
Unitrans Volkswagen are very proud that the investment in this project is bearing such successes in the war against poaching. Chico, Jetta and Kombi you make us proud!
We are really proud to be the sponsors of this amazing team.
This latest success brings their anti poaching tally for 2015 to 13 poachers and 7 rifles that have been removed.
A huge thank you to the team. These little foxhounds and their handlers are Rhino heroes.
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Chauvet-Pont-d'Árc in France will be opening their reproduction of the magnificent caves in the Ardeches on 25th April.
The caves feature rock art estimated at 35 000 years old. The public has never been allowed in, and never will be, apart from a few dozen a year, for fear of damaging the “Chauvet” works. But these are fabulous items. They need to be seen. So French authorities have built a €55 million (£40m) replica a couple of miles from the original. After an official inauguration by François Hollande next week , the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc opens to all-comers on April 25. It will be the French cultural event of 2015. It is that good.
The replicas include one of the most beautiful depictions of rhinos and other wild animals. This is a must see display.
For the full report on this amazing replica of cave man artwork visit
ENTRIES ARE OPEN!!
Please do this for the rhinos and make a difference in the war against poaching.
Charity entries this year need 20 paid up and registered riders before the charity can be registered for the race.
Our rhinos need all the hep they can get
Come on DO IT FOR THE RHINOS!!!
Kidnapped in Mozambique
By Bartholomäus Grill - Der Spiegel International
We traveled to Mozambique to report a story about the region's destructive and illegal trade in rhinoceros horns. But when photographer Toby Selander and I were taken captive by poachers, we found ourselves staring death in
Just a short time ago, I was taken hostage in a small Mozambique village. Now I'm speeding through the bush in a pick-up truck driven by the boss of a criminal gang, his underlings hooting and hollering in the back. They are going to "finish" me, they had told me earlier, and I am convinced that they will stop at the next clearing and beat me to death like a dog. For the first time in my almost 30 years as a correspondent in Africa, I am afraid for my life.
I had arrived in Mozambique with Swedish photographer Toby Selander a few days earlier to report on rhinoceros poaching and the illegal rhinoceros-horn trade. We were hoping to follow the supply chain from the slaughter of the rhinos in South Africa through middlemen in Mozambique to the horns' ultimate buyers in Vietnam.
The South African savannah is home to 21,000 of the world's remaining 28,500 rhinoceroses. In 2014, some 1,215 of the animals were shot dead by poachers in South Africa alone, their horns sawed off for profit. That means that every seven hours, there is one less rhinoceros in the world. The animals have been around for millions of years, but if poaching continues at its current pace, environmentalists fear that they could soon become extinct.
"We are fighting for the conservation of a species," says a wildlife ranger in Kruger National Park, the world-famous game reserve in northeastern South Africa that is home to the largest population of rhinoceroses in the world. "We are at war."