Better Late than Never to Save our Rhino’s

by Naomi on September 23, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

rhino in field of flowers at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Big oops on my part, as I missed posting yesterday, 22nd September, for World Rhino Day.

Please follow the link to find out about this special initiative for these precious creatures whose survival is more severely threatened than ever before.

Here is some of Dave’s wildlife photography taken in game reserves around South Africa, in tribute to the pleasure that rhino have given us in the wild, and to help raise awareness for their conservation. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we did, and are inspired to spare a thought – or more – on their behalf.

Rhinoceros Calf

RHINOCEROS CALF - Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Rhinoceros horn close-up

RHINOCEROS HORN - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

rhinoceros photograph

Rhinoceros looking into the lens - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

big five rhino photograph

RHINOCEROS SILHOUETTE - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Please note that donations can be made to Save The Rhino Trust, the International Rhino Foundation and Save The Rhino International, among others.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Lance September 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Naomi,
The pictures here are amazing – yes, here’s to saving our rhinos!!

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Naomi September 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

Thanks, Lance, let’s hope the collective effort can make the difference πŸ™‚

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Tammy September 24, 2011 at 7:00 am

I didn’t know there was such a thing as world rhino day. Lovely photos as always. They are so proud and so fierce.

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Naomi September 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

I also only discovered it recently, Tammy, and such a worthy cause.

Our experience is that rhino’s are generally not fierce, unless they feel that they or their young are being threatened (which can happen unexpectedly sometimes because their eyesight is so poor) – except for the really endangered black rhino’s, which can be ratty by nature it seems. We’ve watched one chase an elephant and a white rhino away from a waterhole, so that it could drink on its own…highly anti-social fellow πŸ˜€

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Kate Shrewsday September 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

A stunning post and a worthy cause, Naomi πŸ™‚

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Naomi September 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Thank you, Kate – much appreciated πŸ™‚

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nrhatch September 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Thanks, Naomi. Over here, September 22nd was National Elephant Appreciation Day.

Here’s to supporting efforts to save ALL endangered species . . . rhinos, elephants, gorillas, etc.

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Naomi September 27, 2011 at 6:49 am

I couldn’t agree more, Nancy!

Thank you for mentioning National Elephant Appreciation Day…I’ve not heard of it before either πŸ™‚

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JamieDedes September 25, 2011 at 5:10 am

Fabulous. I just sent the link to about 1/2 doz. folks.

Thanks! πŸ™‚

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Naomi September 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

Thanks, Jamie, you’re a sweetheart! MWAH!

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Cindy September 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

I believe that a military presence in the camps would go a long way to solving the problem. Stunning photography, as we have come to expect from you πŸ™‚

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Naomi September 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

I reckon you’re right, Cindy, and hope that something effective is achieved soon.

Many thanks for the compliment too, which I’ll pass on to Dave πŸ™‚

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[email protected] September 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

The Rhino is still a mystery to me. Many animals have their shape and stature with such purpose. The Rhino’s head structure baffles me. Not the horn…the shape of the skull.

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Tokeloshe September 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

Great post for a good cause.

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JamieDedes September 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Naomi, since you posed this, I looked into World Rhino Day and also saw a video of a poor rhino with its horn cut off, one of the most horribly inhumane things I’ve ever seen. So pleased that you post such fabulous photos that help endear the beautiful creatures of South Africa in the hearts of humans around the world. Many blessings from me, my family and friends, in California. You’re the next best thing to getting to go on safari. Blog on …

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Naomi October 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

Thank you for such a beautiful comment, Jamie – you’re a blessing to us all. I totally agree about the horrific inhumanity of rhino horn poaching and sincerely hope that the tide may turn in this regard. We’ll be sure to continue sharing wildlife photo’s and experiences, which is our absolute pleasure πŸ™‚ Big hug to you and yours! Naomi

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paul willis (@sonsothunder) October 1, 2011 at 5:18 am

I was assuming at first you were talking about the decision to not build a certain road through the rhinos territory, as someone else from South Africa had posted about last month, but after reading Cindy’s comment.. I’m guessing it’s a poaching/hunter problem? ( not for some ancient ridiculousness about the aphrodisiac affects of the horns, I hope) Otherwise, anyone can see it would take a ton of meat tenderizer, and a jack hammer to ever smoke a ham off of one of those hogs.
Bless you for your efforts, and bringing this to the light.
paul

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Naomi October 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thanks so much, Paul – for your comment and for caring. You’re right that I’m referring to a poaching problem (large scale) and that it revolves around the apparently priceless aphrodisiac effects of horns…absolute trgedy that will hopefully be dealt with effectively before it’s too late. Blessings back to you, Naomi

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