How is it that we humans are able to love something to death???
This photo was taken on a dark evening in the Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Many of you will recognise this as a part of a series and need not read further.
We had waited for a long time with this group (13 in total) when the sun suddenly burst out from a very dark and heavy sky for about 2 minutes during which I think that I took at least 50 shots 🙂
Tragically this group were soon thereafter decimated by being poached, and then many were relocated to other areas in Kenya for their safety.
Of the several times that I have been back to try and get more shots, we have only ever seen one or two hiding in the bushes 😦
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“Rhinoplasty” (surgically removing upwards of 90% of the horn) could save rhinos. In areas where dehorning has been practiced, poaching rates decreased significantly.
Because of its regrowth, experts recommend that dehorning should be repeated every 12-24 months.
It’s not a perfect answer, but considering the staggering rates of poaching in recent years, it’s a good start.
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Caught these two bulls on the side of the herd busy fighting, it started lightly but soon turned rather aggressive, the backlit dust helps create a wonder full mood of intensity
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It was saved in extremis thanks to a reborn project accomplished by zoos, and now the population has grown to an estimated 4000 bison.
Today, zoos have become the last chance for many endangered species.
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September 22, 2015 is World Rhino Day. Yes, there is another worldwide day dedicated to drawing attention to the plight of this species. If we don’t stop the poachers who slaughter them just for horns to sell on the black market in Asia … there will be no hope.
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