After poacher crackdown, Tanzanian endangered rhino and elephant populations are staging inspiring recoveries

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/07/11/elephino.html

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This is good news, lets hope Tanzania can keep up the security in the long term.

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Still…

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The Rhino is my spirit animal, it said so in my last fortune cookie.

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I visited some of the ranger stations in the Serengeti, and they are super hardcore about stopping poaching. The rangers carry multiple guns, including AK-47s, and deal with poachers every day who are just as armed.

I was lucky enough to see one of the few remaining black rhinos, as well.
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On the down side, we’re going to hear fewer satisfying news stories about poachers being trampled, gored, or otherwise horribly killed and maimed by their prey.

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Now, that’s not very nice.

I think “… gentlemen being trampled, gored, or otherwise horribly killed and maimed by their prey.” would be more acceptable.

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the administration of resident John Magufuli

@doctorow While Mr Magufuli is indeed a resident of Tanzania, it seems relevant to note that he is also the President of Tanzania.

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Would it be unsporting to try to start the rumor that poacher teeth and bones are a crazy-powerful aphrodisiac and general cure for what ails you?

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Cue the American dentist hunters.

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… and idiot sons.

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Trophy-Hunting Dentists for their teeth sounds kinda right…