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A new hope?

By sherlob    
The birth of every Rhino - in this case a Southern White Male (3 weeks) - is a cause for celebration. Yet, it should also be cause for concern: how as a race can we minimise our threat? Whilst poaching remains the most commonly considered threat, we need also to continued impact of hunting and our insatiable desire to develop wealth and land (aka: spoil). The simple truth is: whilst this exceptionally cute new born rhino gives us some hope for his dwindling species, he will remain at significant threat for his whole life. He will likely need to have his horns, once grown, repeatedly cut off and what horn is left will likely be inject with a poison as a deterrent to poachers - although this will unlikely deter some who would kill him just for the little that remains (poisoned or not - it will sell, and why should they care if the end user is poisoned by their ‘product’?) Without access to managed land he will starve. I could go on. I can offer no answers, but by sharing this picture I hope I can raise awareness.

Tags: South africa Safari Conservation Rhino New born Game reserve White rhino Wildlife and nature Inverdoorn Under threat Save our wildlife

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2018 8:15AM
Precious and adorable, well captured...
Isabel GrinGrin
14 May 2018 9:12AM
Beautiful image. Well captured.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.4k 30 England
14 May 2018 10:14AM
Wonderful to see. Heartbreaking to think about his possible future.
HenB 12 6
14 May 2018 10:46AM
Great image to advertise the plight these creatures are in. Unfortunately your sentiments not only refer to Rhino as we all know , Elephant, Orang Utan and many more will soon be in the same situation.
.Regards Harry
sherlob Plus
14 3.2k 129 United Kingdom
14 May 2018 11:21AM
I agree Harry - the list is astonishingly and very depressingly long.
14 May 2018 1:15PM
Wonderful image
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2018 4:21PM
I want oneTongue
I love rhinos ... we both have weight problems!Tongue
sherlob Plus
14 3.2k 129 United Kingdom
14 May 2018 5:01PM
Are you thick skinned too?
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
14 May 2018 9:25PM

Quote:Precious and adorable, well captured...
Isabel GrinGrin

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
14 May 2018 9:52PM
I share your frustration Adam.
Education and awareness is all good though I hope it won't be too late.

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