Friday, 24 September 2010

Save the rhino

Taken in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Jan 09. © All rights reserved
Two days ago , it was World Rhino Day, which was designed to draw awareness to the plight of rhinos. I took these photos whilst in South Africa and was amazed by the magnificence and grandeur of these creatures. They need to be protected!

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Jan 09. © All rights reserved

Rhinos are under siege, due to the demand for illegal rhino horn in traditional medicines – despite the fact that rhino horn has been scientifically tested and proven to have no medicinal value. According to WWF, more than 600 rhinos have been gunned down since 2005, and the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC found that rhino horn from southern Africa is destined for consumer markets in China and Vietnam.    Source:
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Jan 09. © All rights reserved
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Fotobloggen 2010 said...

really strange creatures looks prehistoric and definitely worth savingefforts

thanks for commenting!

LindyLouMac said...

I had no idea the situation was that bad.

Alice Audrey said...

If only the traditional medicines called for mosquitoes or cockroaches instead. I wouldn't mind seeing them hunted to extinction.

Alice Audrey said...

I know, I know. Web of life. Everything has it's place.

travelingsuep said...

Fotobloggen - They are prehistoric looking aren't they?

LindyLou - I was surprised too.

Alice - I feel the same, circle of life without mozzies and cockroaches would sit me too, but ultimately wouldn't be a good thing.

Thanks all of you for stopping by and commenting.