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May 15, 1993 | Associated Press
Populations of the endangered rhinoceros have rebounded in several African and Asian countries as governments limit sales of products made from the animal's horn, U.N. specialist Esmond Bradley Martin said Friday. But he said many rhinos are still slaughtered illegally in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nepal. No figures were available on the number of animals worldwide.
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January 18, 2014 | By Carla Hall
There are so many things wrong about the Dallas Safari Club's ludicrous auction of a permit to hunt a black rhino in order to raise money for conservation of black rhinos. Let's just start with the idea that the club has the temerity to call this effort a “fundraiser,” implying some charitable goal -- when the real goal is to offer a clever way to persuade the Namibians to grant a permit outside their country (which they usually don't do) and get some public relations cover for the safari club.
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WORLD
January 17, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The world's largest surviving population of white rhinos suffered its heaviest toll on record last year when poachers killed more than 1,000 of the threatened animals to feed an international market for trinkets and potions made from their horns. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs reported Friday that it had counted 1,004 rhinos killed by poachers in 2013, mostly in Kruger National Park, along the porous border with Mozambique. It was the worst year for rhinoceros poaching since the government began tracking the illegal hunting in the early 1900s, National Geographic reported.
WORLD
January 17, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The world's largest surviving population of white rhinos suffered its heaviest toll on record last year when poachers killed more than 1,000 of the threatened animals to feed an international market for trinkets and potions made from their horns. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs reported Friday that it had counted 1,004 rhinos killed by poachers in 2013, mostly in Kruger National Park, along the porous border with Mozambique. It was the worst year for rhinoceros poaching since the government began tracking the illegal hunting in the early 1900s, National Geographic reported.
WORLD
July 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Authorities in northeastern India have asked the army to help protect endangered one-horned rhinoceroses from poachers and have made the soldiers honorary wildlife wardens, officials said Saturday. Kaziranga National Park, about 135 miles east of Guwahati, is home to more than 1,800 of the world's estimated 3,000 one-horned rhinos. Poachers killed about 20 rhinos in the park last year and six have been killed this year. The armed gangs of poachers kill rhinos for their horns, which many believe have aphrodisiac qualities, and are used in medicines in parts of South and Southeast Asia.
NEWS
April 25, 1989
Surviving decades of war and defoliation, a small population of the world's rarest rhinoceros has been found in the jungles of Vietnam. George Schaller, director of Wildlife Conservation International, a division of the New York Zoological Society, found evidence of a population of perhaps 10 to 15 Javan rhinos along the Dong Nai River, about 75 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, during an expedition in February and March. Although no live animals were sighted, a dead one was found and there were fresh tracks, Schaller said.
SPORTS
August 27, 1987
Here's the latest dispatch from the campaign trail of Bill (Spaceman) Lee, who's running for President on the Rhinoceros Party ticket. Campaign manager Charlie McKenzie of Montreal says that since neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have nominated a candidate, and the Rhinos have already chosen Lee, it can mean only one thing. "We're declaring front-runner status," McKenzie said. That's not all.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | SUSANNE WILLIAMS, United Press International
George Adamson no longer wakes up to the disappointed glare of Bourne and Hollinsworth. The two hooded vultures who sat on the fence wearied of waiting for the day his eyes failed to open and flew away. The ripe camel carcasses on which both they and Adamson's world-famous animals breakfasted have gone. (Adamson's late wife, Joy, wrote "Born Free.") Kampi ya Simba (Camp of the Lion) has no lions.
TRAVEL
June 22, 1986 | MARGE KANTOR and KEN KANTOR, Marge Kantor is a former librarian, Ken is head of communications for Bob Hope Enterprises. and
"If the big fellow comes close in the night, you must dial 37 and shout: 'He's outside my door. . . . Come and get me!' " That's what the receptionist told a British woman as he handed her a room key at this luxurious safari lodge overlooking Lake Kariba in northwestern Zimbabwe. "What big fellow?" she asked in awe. The receptionist meant a three-ton bull elephant "who eats the bougainvillea off your veranda."
NEWS
May 9, 1989 | Jack Smith
Like almost everything else, light verse, I find, is in greater supply than we realize. Lately, in printing a few verses by such masters as Richard Armour, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker and Samuel Hoffenstein, I have mourned the passing of this blithe form. But there are plenty of versifiers out there, eager to find some ink. Some have published, most have not. Molly C. Rodman recalls that she published some in Judge magazine; then it folded. Here's a sample of her work: How can I know what you're thinking Since your heart is wearing a mask?
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy over the weekend by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to  Saturday's private auction and had contacted the FBI. Protesters gathered outside the city's convention center, where the auction was held during the club's annual meeting. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow , William Shatner and former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker . Barker released an online letter to the club via the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that likened hunting an aged rhino to taking out a senior citizen.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Efforts to save the rhinoceros in South Africa are failing, according to a report to the government by an independent expert. The report called for radical solutions: drones to track rhino poachers; de-horning of all South African rhinos; rhino farms; and legal trade in stockpiled and farmed rhino horn that could be auctioned or traded through a South African-based bourse. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 rhinos in the country have been killed, compared with 668 for the whole of last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Saying she wanted to send a message against the “extremely serious” crime of trafficking in rhinoceros horns, a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a father and son to nearly four years in prison for selling hundreds of pounds of horns highly prized in Vietnam and China as a cancer cure. Judge Christina Snyder remarked that she had traveled to Africa and personally witnessed the effects of poaching, as she sentenced Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha and Felix Kha to 42 months and 46 months in prison, respectively.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2013
Susan Denley's "Take a Sip and a Stroll" [Weekend Escape, March 17] refers to the several "hotels" along Moonstone Beach in Cambria. My wife and I go up to Cambria every year or two, and I think "motel" is a more accurate term for the lodgings along Moonstone Beach (with the exception of El Colibri, which describes itself as a boutique hotel and spa). As I understand the term, a place where the rooms are arranged around a parking area and one normally parks more or less in front of one's room is a motel, not a hotel, and this is the situation with all of the establishments along Moonstone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
The masterminds of an international rhinoceros horn smuggling ring pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles federal court to illegal wildlife trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion. The pleas Friday wrapped up the first phase of a nationwide crackdown on the lucrative horn trade to Asia. Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha and Felix Kha, who have been jailed since their homes and import-export business in Garden Grove and Westminster were raided in February, probably face about five more years in prison under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Federal wildlife investigators in California and other states say they have cracked an international smuggling ring that trafficked for years in sawed-off rhinoceros horns, which fetch stratospheric prices in Vietnam and China for their supposed cancer-curing powers. More than 150 federal agents and other local enforcement officers raided homes and businesses and made several arrests in a dozen states over the weekend, including three alleged traffickers in Southern California. "By taking out this ring of rhino horn traffickers, we have shut down a major source of black market horn and dealt a serious blow to rhino horn smuggling both in the U.S. and globally," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the three northern white rhinos at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has died, possibly of old age, officials announced Wednesday. Northern white rhinos are one of the world's most endangered species; only a dozen are known to exist. Nadi had been at the Wild Animal Park since 1972.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1996
Re "2 Rare Rhinos' Secret Deaths in China Raise Concerns," Dec. 17: Does anyone really believe that our zoos care about animals more than their profits and image? How many animals' deaths have to tragically happen before the general public becomes skeptical of their motives? The truth is that zoos are big business and whatever it takes to bring in more monies, then so be it. If the San Diego and Pittsburgh zoo officials really cared about these two rare southern white rhinos, they would have done more than give explicit instructions to the Chinese officials.
WORLD
January 8, 2012 | By Gretchen L. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Animal rights activists are challenging a decision by South African conservation authorities to auction off a permit to hunt a white rhinoceros, a member of a species increasingly under threat from poachers. Government conservation officials say the deal will actually protect the remaining eight rhinos in the Makhasa Resource Reserve, a game reserve adjacent to an impoverished community whose residents might otherwise be tempted to participate in poachings.
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