Bangkok, Thailand, 2nd November 2017—Tigers, elephants, bears and pangolins are four of the most widely traded species in the Golden Triangle—the border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar connect—according to a new report.
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Pretoria, South Africa, 18th September 2017—A TRAFFIC report released today reveals disturbing new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin operating in South Africa are now processing rhino horn locally into beads, bracelets, bangles and powder to evade detection and provide ready-made products to consumers in Asia, mainly in Viet Nam and China.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10th April 2017—Malaysia has seized 18 rhino horns, bringing Asia’s total to six seizures within one short month and underlining illegal trade’s continued onslaught on rhinos.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30th March 2017—Researchers from TRAFFIC, WWF and Oxford Brookes University have found evidence that rhinoceros horns are being openly offered for sale in Mong La, the notorious wildlife market situated in Myanmar on the border with China.
Update, 31st March 2017: According to Customs News , an official channel for Vietnamese Customs, of the 46 rhino horns seized in Viet Nam on 14th March only five were tested by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity Resources (the CITES Scientific Authority in Viet Nam). Four are confirmed to be White Rhino horns and one is from a Black Rhino. TRAFFIC urges Vietnamese officials to take samples from all 46 horns and send them to RhODIS, the Veterinary Genetics Testing Lab in South Africa, so that standardized testing can determine the species and origin of these horns.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 23rd March 2017—Viet Nam continues to take centre stage in the global illicit rhino horn trade in 2017 with two large, back-to-back seizures totalling 67 horns in Southeast Asia that reaffirm the country’s links to rhino horn consumption and trafficking.
Johannesburg, South Africa, 27th February 2017—South Africa today announced the official number of rhinos illegally killed in the country during 2016: 1,054. While this figure represents a slight drop on last year’s 1,175, itself a fall from the 1,215 record total in 2014, rhino poaching figures remain unacceptably high.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 22nd September 2016—80 influential guests from the public and private sector attended a World Rhino Day art event opening in Hanoi that promotes zero-tolerance towards illegal wildlife consumption and provides an alternative way to affirm prestige.
UPDATE 13th of February 2017: the full summary of the RhODIS ®
workshop, its findings and recommendations are now available in the executive report. Download your copy.
Pretoria, South Africa, 28th June 2016—The international expansion of rhino horn DNA testing was announced at the RhODIS ® Rhino DNA Scientific workshop in South Africa at Kruger National Park and the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Lab (VGL) which concluded on Friday.