The demand for rhino horn has soared in China and Vietnam and so the slaughter of rhino’s has also sored.
In Asia, some people believe the horn can cure ills such as cancer, diabetes and hangovers.
Last year, 1,004 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa compared with 668 the previous year.
Most of the poaching takes place in Kruger National Park.
South Africa is home to both white and black rhinos. The conservation group “Save the Rhino” estimates there are 25,000 African rhinos left worldwide, a majority of them in South Africa.
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emka (107819) 2014-03-06 23:41
Hello Chris, Superb photo of this Rhino with the birds. Amazing how close you were. and very important note too. Incredible that so many rhinos are killed just for their horns. Thanks for sharing
daddo (28152) 2014-03-07 0:58
Hi Chris. I am surprised that in Kruger the numbers of rhinos killed has almost doubled considering the efforts to crush the poaching trade. But the poachers are using helicopters, night vision equipment and internet communication.Not sure if the park rangers are a match for them. Great shot of this creature that possesses something that nitwits want, the same nitwits that eat tigers' penises for their supposed medicinal properties. Regards. Klaudio.
drweizy (540) 2014-03-07 2:39
very good shot. the head, the body, very sharp.
Rhino horn is easy to be carved, which is an excellent carving materials, and so is ivory. Many Chinese like exquisite rhino horns or ivory handicrafts, which are very beautiful indeed.
Rhino horn and ivory trade has been banned for many years in China. Last year, I read a news, the goverment crushed 7 tons of smuggled ivory and rhino horns in a city square. It's really a pity, but biodiversity protection is more important, otherwise the rhino will be raised like panda.
Thank you for sharing, Regards
federico (4607) 2014-03-07 13:48
hi chris very nice wild life picture, the birds on the rhino add the definitive touch to your composition
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-07 18:46
Thanks for a nice bit of ecological photojournalism, Chris. A really crisp shot and an important message.
batalay (40523) 2014-03-10 6:50
Hello again Chris,
I had seen this remarkable shot of the rhinoceros when you first posted it, but had lost track of it. Your wild life photography is nothing short of spectacular. I know these brutes are near sighted, that they can gallop at 30 miles per hour, and that they have ferocious tempers. I like your note complementing the photo.