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Johannesburg scientists fight back against poachers with radioactive chips

Johannesburg scientists fight back against poachers with radioactive chips

SCIENTISTS at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand are implanting radioactive chips into rhino horns in what promises to disrupt the poaching trade. Embedding tiny, harmless radioactive isotopes into rhino horns of living rhinoceross would enable precise tracking and monitoring, making it nearly impossible for smugglers to move the horns undetected. The Rhisotope Project, founded in 2021 by Professor James Larkin, began with the injection of chips into the first of 20 rhinos last month. It has already shown significant promise and comes at a critical time, as rhino populations continue to dwindle due to relentless poaching driven by the…
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Two DRC men plead guilty to trafficking rhino horns

Two DRC men plead guilty to trafficking rhino horns

KANISHKA SINGH TWO Congolese, who were earlier arrested in the United States and indicted by a federal grand jury, have pleaded guilty to trafficking elephant ivory and white rhinoceros horn from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Seattle, the U.S. Justice Department said. An American flag waves outside the U.S. Department of Justice Building in Washington, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo Herdade Lokua, 34, and Jospin Mujangi, 32, of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, were arrested in November last year outside of Seattle before a federal grand jury indicted them for conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and legal violations…
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