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Safe keeping All protected areas must be in possession of a valid Threatened or Protected Species permit that includes the possession of rhinoceros horn. • All rhinoceros horn must be stored in a suitable safe/strong room. • The safe/strong room must be locked at all times and all reasonable precautions must be taken to safe guard the stockpile. • In order to minimise the threat of theft, the stockpile should be accessible to a minimum number of trusted staff members only. • Never disclose the amount of horn in safe keeping. • Rhinoceros horn must be transferred to the Pietermaritzburg central safe as soon as a “reasonable” collection of rhinoceros horn has accumulated. Storage Application of diatomaceous earth in Stockpiles • Wash horns thoroughly with water to get rid of any chemicals. • Leave in sun to dry. • Sprinkle with shaker over the surface of the horn (See picture below). • Use paint brush to spread the product evenly over horn surface. • Room corners along the wall of the store room can be sprinkle with the powder. Application in fresh horn • Remove all flesh from the horn base with a knife. • Wash horns thoroughly with water to get rid of blood and soil. • Leave in sun to dry. • Sprinkle with shaker over the surface of the horn (See picture below). • Use paint brush to spread the product evenly over horn surface. • The base of a fresh horn can be dipped in the powder. Any excessive powder can be brushed off. Marking • All rhinoceros horn must be micro-chipped and tagged in the approved manner. The horns must • • • • • • • • • • • be thoroughly scanned for existing chips to prevent duplication before inserting new microchips. GN 170 of 2009 refers to the marking of rhinoceros horn and applies as follows: All horns must be micro-chipped and recorded in register. Measurements of the circumference, inner and outer length must be taken. All horns to be photographed (attach reference label, denoting the register entry number to horn). All drill shavings must be collected, labelled and stored in a sealed container. The micro-chip number must be placed in the container as well as attached to the outside of the container. The information of each container must be entered into the register. In addition to the legislated requirements for marking rhinoceros horn, EKZNW requires the following: All horns must be tagged using the prescribed PA prefix and reference number (sequential) – enter information in register. A distinction must be made between black and white rhinoceros horn. A tag for “unknown” rhinoceros horn to be attached when the distinction between black and white rhinoceros is difficult to determine. All rhinoceros horn must be weighed to the nearest 100 gram. Rhinoceros Horn Register (Central register at Protected Area Head Quarters) • All receipting and issuing of rhinoceros horn must be recorded in the approved rhinoceros horn register. • Central register to be kept in the strong room along with the rhinoceros horn. • All relevant fields of entry must be completed; in addition, a distinction must be made between legal and illegally recovered horn and the species (black or white rhinoceros). • The register must be up to date at all times and be available for auditing at short notice. Micro-chips 2016 SEPTEMBER 17