Rhino Poaching in South Africa

by Mridula on May 19, 2013

in Canon D550,Photography,South Africa

I got to hear about rhino poaching at INDABA 2013,  much before we reached the bushes. While walking around the INDABA 2013 stalls I spotted Tintswalo Lodges and I dropped in to say hello as I knew we were doing safaris with them later.

Later that day two of our group members told me that there were people from Tintswalo who were attempting to walk 1000 kms to raise awareness and funding for Rhino conservation. They call the initiative TREC 1000.

Single Horned White Rhino, South Africa

Single Horned White Rhino, South Africa

We heard the voices of concern all around INDABA 2013 with various game reserves pitching in their efforts and concerns. You can follow the progress of the walk from their TREC1000 Facebook page as well. Lately all doesn’t seem to be going according to the plan out there, I hope the luck changes for the group soon.

Fritz Breytenbach of TREC1000

Fritz Breytenbach of TREC1000

We met Fritz Breytenbach at INDABA 2013 and he talked passionately about his walk. His camera had already been knocked out by an elephant once. We also talked to people from South African National Parks and one of the officials said about the situation, “We are bleeding … it is a war we cannot afford to lose.” Apparently 2 rhinos (all spices)  are poached daily in South Africa alone, a majority from Kruger National Park.

A rumor that powered rhino horn can cure cancer has wrecked havoc on the rhinos in the recent time in South Africa and elsewhere in the world. The park rangers also felt that they were trained in maintaining the park and not fighting an armed war with the poachers. So South Africa has enlisted the services of retired military officer Johan Jooste to coordinate the  anti poaching efforts.

White Rhinos, Manayeleti Game Reserve, South Africa

White Rhinos, Manayeleti Game Reserve, South Africa

We had this really close encounter with white rhinos on our first ride with the Tintswalo Lodges and it was such a fascinating experience. To think that these animals are indiscriminately killed is a huge reflection on the human nature. I was told that the commercial angle was just too much to resist. Apparently one rhino itself is worth a few million South African Rand. Having a long border with Mozambique without a fence is also considered to be part of the problem as poachers get away to that part after poaching.

The issue of protecting rhinos in South Africa is a complicated one with no easy solutions in sight, however it was heartening to see so many people acknowledge it, talking about it and doing their bit.

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sangeeta May 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

So, this is the case the world over and not only in India where rhinos are killed by poachers almost every day (in Kaziranga, Assam). I wonder if there will ever be an end to man’s gluttony.

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Niranjan May 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm
Meena Menon May 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

like the post mridula ~~ how u bought light to a serious tht I wasnt even aware of

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jiggyasa May 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

I am so jealous of you now :D I am sure you are having a super gala time with these amazing wild life heroes. Rhino looks so scary but so endearing at the same time :)

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My Say May 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

i love those animals .. God save them from evil .. save them from being dodos and dinosaurs ! Nice capture Mridula :)

they are sign of strength .. I loved drawing them as kid … and wanted a Rhino Head tattoed on my hand !!

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Easwar Arumugam May 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Their tribe is getting extinct and why they aren’t listed as endangered animals. Like the pictures.

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Madhu Bhardwaj (@madconnection) May 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

So, did you or did you not volunteer to join the 1000 mile walk? :)
It would be a once in a life time thing. No?
Beautiful shots.

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Debopam Banerjee May 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Same story everywhere…. This so called cure of human diseases by using body parts of different animals is the major cause of poaching…… Great shots of Rhinos……

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Rupertt Wind May 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

The look so marvelous, I cant believe that anyone could want to hurt them. After all there is no end to human greed.

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shooting star May 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

such magnificent animals….. i happened to be mesmerized by a rhino in delhi zoo..so can imagine what u must have felt!!!

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