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Breaking! South African Customs Seize More Than USD $3.5 Million Worth Of Rhino Horn Headed To Malaysia

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Unit seized a shipment of rhino horn that was destined for Malaysia. The estimated value of the recovered horn is R 53 172 000, which is worth more than $3.5 million U.S. dollars.

The Customs Detector Dog Unit at O.R. Tambo International Airport found a suspicious shipment that was declared as ‘HP Cartridges Developers.’ The three-piece shipment was taken to a X-ray scanner for inspection, where the image analysis reflected objects resembling the shape of rhino horns. The shipment was then taken for physical inspection and that’s when 18 pieces of rhino horn weighing 63kg were found concealed in clothing.

This is the fourth rhino horn bust by SARS Customs at the O.R.Tambo International Airport between July of 2020 to February of 2021. The overall weight of the rhino horn seized in these four cases was 277.30kg with an estimated value of R 234 114 206, which is worth more than $15.7 million U.S. dollars.

When the rhino horns were discovered, Customs officers immediately called Hawks, the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation, who confiscated the shipment for further investigation.

Commissioner Edward Kieswetter congratulated the Customs officers on their excellent work and warned the perpetrators of this crime that SARS, together with other law enforcement agencies, would spare no efforts in confronting and dealing decisively with any criminal malfeasance. Those that are involved in such egregious and merciless killing and mutilation of rhinoceros will be brought to justice.

“Those that are determined to destroy the rich natural endowment of our country, which is a common treasure and heritage for all, which we should look after for future generations, will be met with unwavering commitment of our officers to enforce the law,” Kieswetter said in a statement.

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Breaking! Endangered Javan Rhino Population Continues To Grow With Recent Birth Of Two More Calves In The Ujung Kulon National Park In Indonesia

Photo By: Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry 

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) in Indonesia announced the birth of two Javan rhinos in the Ujung Kulon National Park; a male named Luther and a female named Helen. The calves were detected by monitoring results of the Ujung Kulon National Park team from March to August 2020 using 93 video camera traps.

As of August, this year, the cumulative number of Javan Rhino according to the latest data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, has reached 74 individuals, consisting of 40 males and 34 females. Fifteen of the rhinos are children while 59 are of juvenile-adult age.

According to Wiratno, the Director General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, five other Javan Rhinos were born at the Javan Rhino habitat in Ujung Kulon National Park since last year.

“The birth of the Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park confirms that the Javan Rhino population continues to experience natural breeding, so that it continues to provide great hope for the survival of endangered Javan Rhinos,” Wiratno said in a statement.

Wiratno then emphasized that, even in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, field monitoring was continuing, including through video camera traps. Monitoring and full protection activities will continue until the end of December 2020.

“From one birth to the next, the Javan Rhino continues to connect, and this strengthens our optimism and enthusiasm, especially in the very difficult situation during the current pandemic,” concluded Wiratno.

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