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Son of Warren Buffett pledges funding for rhinos' protection

A rhinoceros stands across a road as tourists approach near Kruger National Park in South Africa.  Howard Buffett, a son of investor Warren Buffett, has pledged nearly $24 million for protecting rhinos in South Africa, earmarking the money for ranger teams, sniffer dogs and other security measures in what he hopes can be a robust model for fighting what he calls the  overwhelming problem of poaching in parts of Africa. This year alone poachers have killed 172 rhinos; two-thirds of those have been in Kruger National Park.

Associated Press (2011)

A rhinoceros stands across a road as tourists approach near Kruger National Park in South Africa. Howard Buffett, a son of investor Warren Buffett, has pledged nearly $24 million for protecting rhinos in South Africa, earmarking the money for ranger teams, sniffer dogs and other security measures in what he hopes can be a robust model for fighting what he calls the overwhelming problem of poaching in parts of Africa. This year alone poachers have killed 172 rhinos; two-thirds of those have been in Kruger National Park.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A son of investor Warren Buffett has pledged $23.7 million for protecting rhinos in South Africa, earmarking the money for security measures to fight poaching.

Howard Buffett said Friday that the three-year program in one-third of the vast Kruger National Park, which struggles to contain poachers crossing from neighboring Mozambique, will employ some of the same methods used by the United States to monitor its border with Mexico. They include aerostats: large, tethered balloons with infrared cameras that can scan the landscape around the clock.

Buffett described the initiative as a way of learning "what works and what doesn't" in a southern area of the park that has 4,000 rhinos. South Africa is home to most of the continent's rhinos.

The South African government said Friday that poachers had killed 172 rhinos so far this year, two-thirds of them in Kruger park. Last year, 1,004 rhinos were poached in South Africa, three times as many as in 2010.

Son of Warren Buffett pledges funding for rhinos' protection 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:39pm]

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