There “used to be” Rhinos

Just back from Kenya. What an amazing experience-getting to see, hear and live the culture I’ve heard so much about! I’ve learned new things, made new friends, and of course was “over the moon” seeing all the magnificent wildlife I love so much.

My prized memory was at Ol Pejeta; seeing a black rhino in the distance. After a bit, he came galloping out of the bush at us. He stood there for minute or so as if sizing us up, then turned and ran back. It was incredible.

DSCF2388There were a few rhino in the Lake Nakuru area as well. But, having been to Samburu, Amboseli, and Masaai Mara, the one disturbing theme was “There used to be rhinos here.” There are now none in Samburu or Amboseli, and rare spottings in the Mara.

With poaching stats at almost 800 for this year alone, it’s no wonder they’re so hard to find. Being there in person, and searching so eagerly for them, it really brought it home-they are living on borrowed time.

There’s no time to debate or discuss trade, no time to hope CITES comes around and enacts sanctions on the guilty countries responsible for demanding the slaughter of a species. Certainly no time for rhino activists to argue and squabble amongst themselves.

Action is needed. Poisoning the horn to prevent poaching should be widespread (see: Rhino Rescue Project ) “Shoot to kill” needs to be the universal policy. More community incentives need to be in place to encourage the people to care for their own wildlife; like the Lowveld Rhino Trust has done (see: Zimbabwe Leads the Way)

Less talk, more action; the clock is ticking!

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16 thoughts on “There “used to be” Rhinos

  1. I recently watched the movie: Machine Gun Preacher (a true story) and I thought to myself, Damn! We need someone like him fighting for the animals in Africa.

  2. Just back from South Africa after seeing the rhinos – black and white – I cannot imagine why there is not more work being done to stop poaching. The future of Africa is being poached out of existence. All the animals are simply fascinating to see in their true environment.

    I will desist at this point as I could rave on about African animals and their, for ages.

    • There is work being done-but obviously not enough to balance out the demand 😦 And I certainly understand Woolly-I could go on and on too 😉

  3. Reblogged this on WoollyMuses and commented:
    African rhinos will soon be extinct….a matter of a couple of years at the present rate poaching. It can only be described as fascinating to have seen them in their own environment. We hope to return soon….and all fellow travellers agreed that this was the future of Africa, the tourist dollar, and not to simply kill them.

  4. This is so sad. I hope something can be done to save these fabulous creatures.

  5. J.R.Barker

    Reblogged this on JRBarker101.

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