Endangered rhino numbers ‘soar by 1,000%’ in Tanzania after crackdown on poaching gangs - And elephant populations have risen by nearly half in five years, thanks to a blitz on illegal ivory hunters, the president’s office said.

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  • MistaDragon
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Tanzanian here living and working in Tanzania

    Take everything you hear about the government with a massive grain of salt , this president is known to push stories to favour himself in order to obtain followers. The elections are just around the corner and this fits perfectly with his narrative of being a great president

    It’s most portably imported livestock mixed with the locals to achieve this high of a number. This same president has also “increased the GDP” by means of aggressively finding local businesses and forcing them to pay more than their dues to the tax authorities. All of this was done to achieve an image that the country is improving under his running , when in reality it’s far from improving - instead it’s getting worse.

  • ManiaforBeatles
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is obviously a very good news, but it should be taken with a grain of salt.

    However, British wildlife experts were cautious, saying the rise in rhino numbers was likely to be down to imports, rather than breeding.

    ...

    But Mark Jones, head of policy at wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation, said both rhinos and elephants breed slowly so attributed the population increases to other factors.

    ...

    “This sounds like very good news but we should view these figures with caution until there’s independent verification – there’s no way that has occurred through breeding and protection alone,” he said.

    Rhinos would have been imported, he believes. “They mature late, have long gestation periods and don’t produce many young. Both species take a long time biologically to reproduce.

    “Elephants are intelligent – they move across national borders to where they are safer, so if there’s been a clampdown on poaching in Tanzania, it may be that some have moved in.”

  • Magmafrost13
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Considering elephant pregnancies last a year and a half, all those extra elephants probably arent new calves.

    EDIT: my mistake, its actually two years

  • bluAstrid
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Easy way to get massive political leverage :

    • Kidnap a shit ton of rhinos and hide them in your shed,

    • Get elected and promise to save rhinos,

    • Release said rhinos back in the wild.

    Win.

  • Muff_in_the_Mule
    1 Week(s) Ago

    1 Rhino + 10 imported Rhinos = 11 Rhinos = 1000% more Rhino including the original Rhino = Rhinos not safe yet.

  • sawnie_
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is great news. I’m gonna forget about the last article that said deforestation is up 88% than last year. This is so much fucking better. Made my day better :)

    Edit: The 88% is in Brazil. And I know ignoring bad news won’t make it any less true. But it’s just nice to see light at the end of the dark tunnel. Scrolling through the news, Africa is doing a lot to help the environment. So it’s just nice to see some reassurance.

  • jennyt60
    1 Week(s) Ago

    China's ban on ivory probably had a big impact, too.

    http://cheerfulharridan.com/2019/06/03/china-has-a-ban-on-ivory/

  • caunm
    1 Week(s) Ago

    With explosive growth rates like that, earth will be covered in a 12 km layer of rhinos in less than 200 years. We need to act now, so our children can have a future.

  • D2WilliamU
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Even if a lot of it is down to importing and migration as a lot of other have said, it's good to have a concentrated population to increase the chances of encounters between breeding individuals, as well as offering females the choice between males, so she can choose the strongest one and produce strong offspring.

  • ghitzabomba
    1 Week(s) Ago

    To all the good people risking their lives to protect animals in Africa from poachers - you re the real MVPs

  • eldotormorel
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Endangered rhino numbers ‘soar by 1,000%’

    I thought there were 1000% more rhinos at risk of extinction. And someone else might think that there's 1% more rhinos

  • nirachi
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is great news environmentally. Large herbivores are critical for increasing carbon sequestration in soil (which is the most stable form of sequestration). Maintaining wild animal populations in the savannah/ grasslands represents a critical strategy for climate stabilization. For reference, the work of Allen Savory explains why buffalo herds build topsoil faster then any other mechanism, while stationary cattle deplete the land.

  • polishgravy
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Maybe we should start a campaign to convince people dried poacher's testicles are an aphrodisiac?

  • SunflowerJoe
    1 Week(s) Ago

    You know what would help? Offer people the chance to go "poacher hunting". Like instead of hunting animals, ambitious hunters can pay thousands of dollars to hunt out poachers.

  • oxykitten80mg
    1 Week(s) Ago

    They should let us hunt poachers. That is a safari hunt I could get into.

  • Spentworth
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Positive news but Magafuli's government is full of crap and have been caught fixing figures before. Best to be cautious.

  • [deleted]
    1 Week(s) Ago

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  • Omatticus
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Awesome. Also,

    Ivory "poachers". Hunters are not the problem

  • hateriffic
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I hope this is real news. I love rhinos

  • Skin_n_Bone_Man
    1 Week(s) Ago

    It's so nice to hear a positive story on species population for once

  • TrustMePunk
    1 Week(s) Ago

    i would like to see the capture and executions of poaching gangs

    i would host viewing parties

  • noonelikesadampsock
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Not only is this great news- it’s actually proper world news rather than the American bollocks that pollutes this sub

  • archis84
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I dunno. One percent does not seem that much.

  • CartmansAlterEgo
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Don’t let the poachers see this!

  • MikeLanglois
    1 Week(s) Ago

    [Everybody liked that.]

  • ridimarba
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Fantastic fucking news.

  • 8thDegreeSavage
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Hell yeeahhhhhh!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Serdnasocram
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Finally. Some good fuckin news

  • Bopshebopshebop
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Kill All Poachers 2020

  • SBH1234
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Don’t forget the lions are on the look out for any bitch ass poachers too.

  • The_Syndic
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Kind of scary that it's still literally poaching that is decimating their numbers. Not habitat loss or competition with livestock, just humans going out to kill them for ivory. We can be such a despicable species.

  • auriandfoxen
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Oh my gosh, good news for once

  • nerdspectrum
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I first read this as "underground rhinos", locked my phone, and then got increasingly concerned.

  • ImOutCheaRedMoncler
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Shoutout to the rhinos

  • kakihara123
    1 Week(s) Ago

    It also helps that lions seem to develop a taste for poachers.

  • billybob24764
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I don’t know how they can kill such beautiful animals any animals in fact it breaks my heart

  • That_irresponsible
    1 Week(s) Ago

    The r/humansbeingbros we need and they deserve.

  • wonder_beagle
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Hell ya, fuck those poachers up

  • ShneekeyTheLost
    1 Week(s) Ago

    These statics are a bit misleading, both are still critically endangered species, especially the one about the rhinos since they just imported several, which apparently count.

    Still... it is good to see poachers getting taken down.

  • Freelancer47
    1 Week(s) Ago

    In times of shitty news, I needed this bit of good news.

  • Sanhael
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Has anyone ever tried to use superstition to combat poaching?

    Like, "if you kill a rhino with anything other than a pointy stick, you will lose your sight, and your children will be crippled?"

    Maybe not that exactly, but superstition is strong. People resist medical treatment for it. Rhinos are poached because of it in the first place.

  • Mendax_Pacman
    1 Week(s) Ago

    The lowest of the low, the scummiest of the scum. Here in South Africa there are game farmers involved with this activity, and they deserve instant death. Maybe that's an over the top wish on my part, but honestly, if a human being is so corrupted by greed that they will destroy the one thing that makes Africa such a magical place, and that they will deny future generations this connection to our land, then in my humble opinion, they should be shot on sight. From the Asian ganglords to the poor stupid sons of bitches who do the grunt work in the African bush, they must be killed with same carelessness that they kill these animals.

  • Blackops606
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I heard if you listen closely, you can hear Steve Irwin yelling "WOOHOOOO" in his grave.

  • Saplyng
    1 Week(s) Ago

    How do you stop poachers? Do you just wait out in sniper locations and kill them when they get close enough?

  • mad-n-fla
    1 Week(s) Ago

    There's your problem right there, soaring Rhinos.

    Keep them on the ground and they're gonna live longer.

    /s

  • Hanzo44
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Paid for by legal hunting!!!!!

  • Strafedup
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Wow, good news for a change. ☺️

  • dnldfnk
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Can we save tigers next, please?

  • U5efull
    1 Week(s) Ago

    apparently hiring bounty hunters and killing people who poach works

  • Fthbdhbxhbxr
    1 Week(s) Ago

    15 rhinos to 167.

    For those that don't want to read the article.

  • iZSilencei
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Finally some good fucking news

  • uwey
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Poacher hunting range will be crazy profitable:

    Introducing rich customers to hunt most dangerous animals on earth.

    Wild hunt experience and reward from local government.

    Fully protected and high firepower to eradicate poacher with precision.

    While poacher hunt animal that can’t fight back, you hunt the completely unaware poacher, they might fight back to add thrill, and watch them devour by animal they want to hunt....

    Imagine that.

  • bigfig
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Lets hope eco tourism changes the economics so that there is incentive to preserve these animals. Money changes everything.

  • paintedgoatboy
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Literally the best news I've heard in 27 days!

  • Djcubic
    1 Week(s) Ago

    It's one thousand or one point triple zero??

  • Liberate90
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Population increased by 1000%? Damnit, need a culling.

  • Boxingcoolio
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Execute the poachers to set an example

  • Spacebotzero
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Finally, something to be proud of when it comes to humans and rhinos.

  • Banethoth
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Nice. I hope they can keep killing the poachers!

  • coffeebeard
    1 Week(s) Ago
    1. They're still endangered.
    2. This could be language to ease restrictions on poaching.

    It's great news if it's true, but 167 is still absolutely not a safe number, never mind the disadvantages the population is left at now with such a narrow gene pool.

  • hlupaf
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is amazing if only all of the other countries followed suit these beautiful animal would no longer be endangered

  • UterusTim
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Cool. Also....

    Just an idea, if you want to take all the ones you've arrested, put them on a ranch, and let us pay like say.. $10,000 to hunt them, I AM SO DOWN.

  • natopotato123
    1 Week(s) Ago

    1000 percent sounds huge so let's just be honest and give us the real number? Surely this sort of thing has no need for baity titles.

  • yacc060
    1 Week(s) Ago

    u/pattenrond i need to hide 😤

  • xelebixuthan
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Even without knowing anything about Tanzanian politics or knowing how reflective of the truth this may actually be, it’s important to realize percentages can be misleading. For example if there was two of an animal at a certain territory one year and it increased to 20 the next year. It’s still less than two dozen of that species; but you could say that it has increased 1000% which sound way better. Just a thought.

  • _Sildenafil
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Nice to see the governments of less developed countries finally starting to step up

  • TrannyWeatherwax
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Great, now we have 1000% more endangered rhinos.

  • fee_unit
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Everyone liked that

  • CannaWurks
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Careful, Chinese people might take this as a challenge.

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    1 Week(s) Ago

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  • Stillness307
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I wish the United States had a president that protected wildlife, air and water pollution, and wouldn't take millions from the park system to pay for a parade.

  • Northmaster
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Fucking result!

  • heronmarkedblade1984
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Who would have thought that killing criminals would have been so effective?

  • jm127127
    1 Week(s) Ago

    If your caught poaching ivory they should start by hacking your nose off.

  • stayedclassy
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Might have also had something to do with certain African nations authorizing the shooting of poachers on site.

  • matthewisonreddit
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Im almost 100% sure that the previous people in government tasked with the same objective were just corrupt.

    This is based off of my limited knowledge of the conservation in southern africa...