It’s devastating to think that if the current rate of poaching continues, in as little as 10 years Rhino may be extinct. I’m not sure what this says about us humans. Isn’t it sad to think that in 10 years the only Rhino’s we’ll see will be in books?
Watching Rhino’s Somewhere in KwaZulu-Natal
On a recent tour to a game reserve my clients and I came across a “crash of Rhino” chilling out in the late afternoon sun. It was great to just sit back and watch and enjoy the spectacle.
Crash of Rhino in a Game Reserve
The reasons behind the poaching of Rhino are simple, the trade of the Rhino horn. The Rhino horn typically gets smuggled into countries such as Thailand and Vietnam where it’s crushed into power form and used as pain reliever, much like aspirin.
Does it work?
No. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same material that makes hair and fingernails. The problem is 100’s of years of traditional belief system’s have to be overcome. And add to that problem the high levels of poverty in Africa that is a large cause of poachers taking the risks they do in order to poach Rhino’s.
It’s a complicated problem where the answer lies in education and eradictaion of poverty; not something that’s going to happen overnight.
In the meantime, if you do visit a game reserve in South Africa or elsewhere that has Rhino’s, stand up for the RHino’s, report suspicious behavaior and demand your goverments take action!
Country and Coastal Touring
Country and Coastal Touring are tour operators and guides based in the city of Durban, South Africa. We offer day tours, overnight tours and extened overland tours to destinations within South Africa.