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Highlights of July activities related biodiversity protection, especially in relation to rhino poaching

Minister Molewa celebrates rangers on World Ranger Day Eastern Cape MEC for Environment, SANParks CEO and DEA DG cut the ribbon during 80th celebration of Cape Mountain Zebra National Park   Minister Edna Molewa welcomes arrest of a rhino horn smuggler at OR Tambo International Airport 

31 July 2017- As South Africa celebrates World Ranger Day today, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has paid tribute to game rangers who dedicate their lives to the protection of South Africa’s rich biodiversity. World Ranger Day is supported by the International Rangers Federation, and is marked annually on the 31 July to acknowledge game rangers as dedicated guardians of the world’s natural heritage.

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The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of an alleged rhino horn smuggler at the OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. “The arrest of the 24-year-old woman, who was in transit to Hong Kong from Lusaka in Zambia via South Africa, is an indication of the determination of our investigators on the ground to nip the illicit trade in wildlife, particularly the smuggling of poached rhino horn, out of Africa,” said the Minister.

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While a separate event is not held in South Africa this year for World Ranger Day, Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks, Eastern Cape provincial government leadership, local community members and rangers are joined together in celebrating the work of rangers and their contribution to the expansion of the Mountain Zebra population in South Africa.

Students from South African College for Tourism also joined in the celebration.

The Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) is situated just outside the town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape. It was proclaimed on 3 July 1937 for the purpose of protecting a remnant population of the Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra). At the time, it was estimated that fewer than 100 Cape mountain zebra survived in South Africa.

Light a candle for all the fallen rangers who have died and been killed on duty.

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Minister Molewa highlights progress on Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros (ISMR)  
Message by President of IRF: "Stand with rangers on World Ranger Day"  

Our implementation plan for the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros as well as the outcomes of the report of the Committee of Inquiry (CoI), were refined during a month-long Rhino Laboratory held last year.

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To the world’s Rangers & those standing with Rangers to protect wildlife and communities, As we approach World Ranger Day, July 31st 2017, we urge you all around the globe to once again stand with the Rangers of the world in their fight to protect wildlife and wild places.

Sadly, in this past 12 months we have lost a further 105 Rangers in the line of duty (that we know of). These tragic losses will be reflected in this year’s Honour Roll.

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