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PRAGUE - One of the last northern white rhinos on the planet has died in a reserve in Kenya, leaving the sub-species on the verge of extinction, experts said Saturday. Credit: Getty Creative The male, called Suni, "was probably the last male capable of breeding," according to Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic, where the rhino was born in 1980. There are only six of the very rare rhinos left, having been hunted by poachers in central and east Africa for their horns, which are highly prized for traditional Chinese medicine. The Czech zoo is the only one in the world to have succeeded in breeding the sub-species in captivity. Suni -- who is thought to have died from natural causes in ...

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands marched in Africa and around the world Saturday to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. Credit: Getty Editorial The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo. In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities. "We are protesting against the political leaders of the world, who do not have the guts and political will to make changes in their laws," Dex Kotze, one of the march or...

COTONOU - Three men -- two Guineans and an Ivorian -- were in custody in Benin on Friday on suspicion of ivory trafficking, police in the financial hub of Cotonou said. Credit: Associated Press The trio were arrested in a hotel "as they tried to sell about 30 kilograms of ivory estimated at more than 10 million CFA (15,000 euros, $20,000)", said Benin Interpol head Marcellin Abbe. The arrests were the first against suspected ivory smugglers in Benin, said local police spokesman Adrien Tchomakou. "These people have been brought before the state prosecutor and received a committal order (for trial) on Thursday," he added. Trade in ivory was banned in 1989 under the Convention on Internati...

PRETORIA - South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from the famed Kruger National Park to safe havens beyond horn smugglers' reach, the environment minister announced Tuesday. Credit: Getty Editorial "A decision has been made on this issue of translocation," Edna Molewa said, announcing an action plan to curb escalating illegal hunts for rhino horn. "Relocations from the Kruger National Park and the creation of rhino strongholds could allow the total rhino population size of South Africa to continue to grow," she said. The authorities "could relocate up to 500" rhinos, which can weigh a tonne or more, said South African National Parks ecologist Sam Ferreira. Illegal rhino kill...

BANGKOK - Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists warned Wednesday, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges. Credit: Associated Press The number of ivory products on sale in Bangkok nearly trebled from 5,865 in January last year to 14,512 in May 2014, according to the wildlife group TRAFFIC. The Southeast Asian nation, a known hub for the illegal trade in tusks from Africa, has come under pressure to ban the sale of ivory from domestic elephants. This legal trade is blamed for easing the smuggling of ivory into Thailand from other countries, most of which is made into ornaments or taken to China and Vietnam where ...

Gertjie, a 4-month-old rescued rhino, refuses to spend his nights alone since he watched poachers attack and kill his mother in May. The orphaned calf was found crying inconsolably next to his mother's mutilated body in South Africa. Poachers attacked Gertjie's mother at the Kapama Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and took her horn. Leaving her to die, the poachers fled before rangers arrived on the scene. Gertjie could not be calmed, and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) was called in for help. "It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably for her," the HESC said in a blog post. Gertjie was brought to the HESC, ...