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World rhino day

By ColleenA
Hi there....
Thank you for the great response to my cub portrait and to all of you that continue to vote and comment on my uploads. Also Thank you to Caziwinkels , Kathrynlouise and Peter (Ddolfelin) for their UA's, much appreciated.
Today is World rhino day....one that is close to every South Africans heart. This year we have already lost 515 rhino's to poaching . The end users have to realize that their horn is of no use to them, it is made of Keratin, which is similar to the protein that makes up our fingernails and hair.
Imagine what 515 dead rhino's would look like together...sad what lengths man will go to.
On a lighter note, we saw 6 whales yesterday afternoon, what a sight. It also snowed on the mountains last night..another beautiful sight.
Have a nice SundayGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
22 Sep 2013 12:04PM
No V2 yet Colleen - so I will have to re visit Smile We have a beautiful sunny but cool day here !! A lovely young Rhino this !!

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ColleenA Plus
3 317 3 Australia
22 Sep 2013 12:11PM
Sorry Herman, cannot seem to be able to upload a version today....grrrr
Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
22 Sep 2013 12:13PM
Perseverance conquers !!GrinGrinWinkWink
22 Sep 2013 12:13PM
Good morning Colleen. Hope you're having a lovely weekend and being spoilt Grin
A beautiful capture and like so many wild animals they face such a struggle with loss of habitat and poaching. Heartbreaking when you think of it all. So envious of you seeing them in the wild experiences. If I ever win the lottery me and my camera will be with you before you know it GrinGrin

Kathryn
22 Sep 2013 12:14PM
fine detail and texture Colleen will come back later for V2

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
22 Sep 2013 12:37PM
Sad what Humans will do for entertainment.............some Americans pay 10,000$ to go on a holiday to some country in Africa (can't remember which one) purely to shoot & kill Giraffe.........must boost their ego............a bit like our Royal Family....if it moves kill it..............and they call it sport...........GrinGrinGrin

Maybe we can set up a hunting group where the prey is Human, shoot them for sport..........then chop their heads off and stick em on out walls................GrinGrinGrinGrin
Horrid and sad story Colleen Sad but your image is wonderful of this beautiful animal GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 12:49PM
Superb shot Colleen, just a shame people have to hunt them for what really is no reason

Hugh
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
22 Sep 2013 12:55PM
The people who destroy these animals are anything but human - will stop there - not safe to carry on. As ever your image shows the beauty that every creature has - isn't that face so appealing.Smile
Joan.
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
22 Sep 2013 1:04PM
Their story is a sad one
Irishkate Plus
5 33 96 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 1:06PM
A beautiful image of the rhino against the pale grasses.
I love that strand of grass in front of him.
Saw some rhinos last night on a David Attenborough in Africa programme.
KateGrinGrinGrin
22 Sep 2013 1:15PM
A fine looking animal and a perfect upload for the day, Colleen.

I hope the poachers and end users get their just deserts one day!

P.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
22 Sep 2013 1:23PM
A wonderful image of this sadly hunted rhino, Colleen, how people get pleasure from tracking and killing animals is beyond belief, they should be the animals being hunted by our four legged friends. Carol
22 Sep 2013 1:53PM

Quote:Sad what Humans will do for entertainment.............some Americans pay 10,000$ to go on a holiday to some country in Africa (can't remember which one) purely to shoot & kill Giraffe.........must boost their ego............a bit like our Royal Family....if it moves kill it..............and they call it sport...........GrinGrinGrin

Maybe we can set up a hunting group where the prey is Human, shoot them for sport..........then chop their heads off and stick em on out walls................GrinGrinGrinGrin



I didn't know that our Royal Family are out and about killing giraffe, thought they were busy having babies, but you learn something every day on this site. Like the bit about hunting humans - assuming the Royal Family will be the first targets that should be interesting!

Regarding the Rhino - it's a great photo, and always good to see one!
22 Sep 2013 1:53PM
really nice capture Smile
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 1:54PM
A terrible loss not only to Africa but to the word of wildlife. Lets just hope that this chap has many happy days ahead. A great image with superb detail and natural colour Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 2:21PM
Sad story there Colleen - but a beautiful image of this youngster - let's just hope he grows up big and strong. Smile

Carol
22 Sep 2013 2:25PM
I think the answer is money, Colleen.
Pay enough for Rangers and weapons and maybe it can be stopped - or at least slowed down.
Raised living standards would probably help, too.
... and the punishment for convicted poachers should make them think twice before they start.

Lovely picture today, always great to see your glimpses of your fabulous world.
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 20 10 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 2:34PM
A great capture Colleen, agree with the above commentsSmile


Cliff
S_Psharma 3 1 India
22 Sep 2013 2:38PM
Outstanding wildlife picture of very high standard.
SUE118 Plus
7 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 2:41PM
Happy World Rhino Day and hope many can be saved.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
22 Sep 2013 2:44PM
A sad story Colleen,but a good shot.
I guess it is just ''easy'' money to be made for these poachers that is the problem !!
Mick.
22 Sep 2013 2:49PM
A wonderful image Colleen. Glad to make it 30
Jim
22 Sep 2013 2:51PM
Beautiful image, Colleen!
George
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
22 Sep 2013 3:46PM
Powerful animals, a pity that they get killed

Peter
22 Sep 2013 4:12PM
Great shot Colleen. Such A shame that they are killed. Cathy
22 Sep 2013 4:16PM
A very sad story, let's hope people can be convinced and not hunt these creatures Sad A very beautiful and detailed capture here, Colleen Smile
Trev Smile
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
22 Sep 2013 4:40PM
That's an interesting narrative and so true: it's hard to believe that are still prey to poachers for the horn.
Fine capture of this impressive animal.
Ronnie.
netta1234 Plus
4 310 2 Wales
22 Sep 2013 4:54PM
A Sad story Colleen but a brilliant imageSmileNettaSmile
22 Sep 2013 6:54PM
Superb shot and a sad story
22 Sep 2013 6:54PM
515! What a huge amount, Colleen ... Forgive me for being rude, but it need to catch these poachers and to thrust these horns in their fifth ''points''!
I hope this rhino will live to an old age ...Smile
Regards Valery
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 6:56PM
A brilliant image, so sad to see these wonderful creatures killed by poachers SadSad

Ali SmileSmile
Mike_Smith Plus
8 285 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 7:15PM
Cracking shot of a stunning animal, its terrible that they are been killed for there horns. yesterday i watched a programme on TV on this very subject and this man had come up with a great idea, they are on about injecting poison in to the Rhino's horn that will have no effect at all on the animal, but the recipient of the said horn would be poisoned. Now that is a brilliant idea i think, tommorow i will upload a picture for you Colleen of two Rhino's battling with clashing horns, the noise they made was like too bricks bashing together
JuBarney Plus
4 18 3 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 7:20PM
A splendid shot
Ju
a great shot of a lovely animal.

billy
22 Sep 2013 8:05PM
Fabulous work, Colleen!

Richard
22 Sep 2013 8:08PM
A lovely image Colleen.

Jenny Smile
xwang 7 32 7
22 Sep 2013 10:17PM
Beautifully captured image, wonderful detail and colour.
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
22 Sep 2013 10:22PM
Sad indictment of todays values Colleen. When will it stop Sad
Ron
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 11:28PM
It is such a sad world we live in sometimes, that these wonderful creatures are still being poached. I hope one day education will prevailSmile
Ryan
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 12:28AM
I know what I would like to do to the poachers and to the morons who buy the horn! Lovely image of a beautiful creature.
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 3:00AM
Amazing, impressive, and so special this animal... Long may it live...
IB
jdenman 7 18 5 Spain
23 Sep 2013 1:37PM
A stunning creature, the detail in that thick hide is excellent...................John
annettep38 Plus
4 217 38 Costa Rica
23 Sep 2013 9:29PM
his skin texture comes out really well in your shot, whilst he seems to be pretty determined to escape your watchful lens!
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
24 Sep 2013 11:37AM
Cracking shot Colleen, it must be a wonderful experience to see these in their natural habitat, green with envy Wink
Geoff.
3 Oct 2013 12:49PM
Such a pity why can't they leave these wonderful creatures alone, Stunning image Colleen.

Keith.

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