Rain for Rhinos

South Africa is in the midst of the worst drought in recent memory. Five out of the nine provinces have been seriously impacted; Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Free State.

According to the South African Weather Service, 2015 was the country’s driest year since 1904 when record keeping began.

As watering holes dry up, and grasslands die, this has meant death for many of Kruger National Park wildlife residents.  Harsh and unforgiving,  yet a”normal” cyclic events that help shape the ecosystem,  one of nature’s ways of assuring “survival of the fittest”. 

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A result of drought, this rhino became stuck in the dried watering hole on a South African reserve. Photo: Caters news agency

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After digging out a path, he was successfully freed. Photo: Caters news agency

But when species are endangered due to unnatural or manmade circumstances, the consequences of a drought become more devastating.

With only about 20,000 rhinos remaining on the African continent, a drought may have a massive effect on the future of the species.

At the start of the 20th century, with healthier populations, the ability to bounce back from natural disasters was almost a guarantee, nature taking care of itself.

In today’s world of poaching and land mismanagement; nature has our full attention; each full moon, every missed rain, could mean another step closer to extinction.

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Published 06/03/2014 at 673 × 423 in Why Rhinos?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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