Chinese buyers need to be educated on the ivory trade, says safari expert

Richard Knocker is a safari guide in East Africa. Photo: Sam Tsang

A veteran safari guide from Africa says the only way to stop the illegal trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns to China is by educating mainland buyers.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:25am

Rhino horns poisoned to stop poaching gangs in South Africa

Rhinoceros rest in the Kruger National Park near Nelspruit, South Africa. Photo: AFP

A game reserve in South Africa has taken the radical step of poisoning rhino horns so that people risk becoming "seriously ill" if they consume them. A spokesman for the Sabi Sand reserve said a mix of parasiticides and indelible pink dye had been injected into more than 100 rhinos' horns during the past 18 months to combat international poaching syndicates.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:55am

South African farmer plans to use US drones to protect rhinos

Hundreds of rhinos have been killed in South Africa, mostly for their horns. Photo: AFP

A rhino farmer in South Africa is planning to use surveillance drones designed for the US military to combat poachers who are driving the animals towards extinction.

Clive Vivier, co-founder of the Zululand rhino reserve in KwaZulu-Natal province, said he had been granted permission by the US Department of State to buy the Arcturus T-20 drone.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:33am

Mane event

In the savage bush of South Africa one is either predator or prey. From sundown to sun-up the daytime beauty of red earth, white sands, lush green forests and burnt grey scrub turns into the killing fields - literally.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

The art of rhinoceros horn carving blossomed in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, when increasing affluence among the gentry called for more exotic artefacts.

29 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Rhino horn 'mistaken for wood'

EXHIBITORS of a world-famous rhinoceros horn sculpture by the late German artist Joseph Beuys claimed yesterday that they did not know the horns were real until Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) officials turned up to confiscate them on Friday.

16 May 1995 - 12:00am

Doctor attacks slaughter of rhinos for medicine

BUTCHERING rhinos for use in traditional medicine is unnecessary, a leading practitioner has claimed.

At least 27 plants have similar medicinal properties to those found in various parts of a rhinoceros, according to Dr Lo Yan-wo, chairman of the 300-member Association of Chinese Medical and Philosophy.

29 Oct 1993 - 12:00am