Rhinocerous in Peril Hot

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African Rhinocerous are increasingly appearing in the media due to the relentless and brutal poaching onslaught against them that is driven by greed and the ridiculous belief that they hold miraculous cures against a number of diseases.

Sadly, they are only one of countless species under threat, with crimes against wildlife listing in the top three of global crimes and falling just below illicit arms and drug dealing. 

Rhinos are an icon of Africa and deserve all the help that they can get to overcome the relentless poaching that is taking place against them. We all need to head the call to save this incredible animal and while there are many organizations currently collecting funds to be used in the fight against rhino poaching, care must be taken to ensure that the funding collected is used for what is promised.

The World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) has a long-standing reputation and will ensure that funds are properly used. They are also key partners in the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project that has seen the expansion of many conservation areas and the translocation of Black Rhino to community conservation areas.  This not only helps with the population growth of the species but also allows communities to benefit from conservation tourism.

Rhino's horns are used in defence against predators and male rhino will use their horns when fighting. There is no evidence of the horn being a cure against diseases in humans which therefore makes the destruction of rhino populations totally unnecessary.

The Black Rhino population stands at approximately 1900 animals while the population of the White Rhino is around 20 000 animals. Wildlife and Conservation photographer Peter Chadwick shares a collection of rhino images that showcase the White and Black Rhino. More rhino images can be viewed on Photoshelter  

 

Black Rhino in Addo Elephant National Park by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

1. A Black Rhino bull emerges from thick scrub in the Addo Elephant National Park. The ear notch aids individual recognition by management authorities 

Black rhino in the open by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

2: A Black Rhino pauses in the open en-route to drink on the shores of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya 

Black rhino at Lake Nakuru National Park by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

3: A Black Rhino trots along the shores of Lake Nakuru National Park 

Black Rhino bull by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

4: A Black Rhino with skin liaisons that are caused by a parasite and are constantly pecked at by Red-Billed Oxpeckers 

White Rhino bulls sparring by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

5: A young White Rhino bull is challenged by the dominant male at a waterhole. The dominant bull being much larger successfully chased off the younger bull

 white rhino yawning by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

6: A White Rhino yawns 

white rhino in long grass by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

7: A White Rhino cow wanders through dry winter bushveld in search of grazing

white rhino sleeping nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

8. A White Rhino dozes under sparse shade during the heat of the day.

white rhino dung in isimangaliso wetland park by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

 9. A White Rhino miden in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

white rhino cow and calf drinking at waterhole by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

 10. A White Rhino cow and calf drink their fill at a bushveld waterhole

white rhino calf at waterhole by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

11. A White Rhino calf sits mischievously alongside a waterhole. It later chased all the other game that came down to drink at the waterhole. 

white rhino calf running at speed by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

12. A White Rhino runs in play at a waterhole.

white rhino calf splashing in waterhole by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

13. A young White Rhino calf splashes in the mud of a waterhole 

white rhino calf splashing in waterhole by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

14. A White Rhino calf runs full tilt into the mud in a display of play 

white rhino cow warning off bull from calf by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

15. A White Rhino cow bellows a warning to a White Rhino bull that was venturing too close to the cows newborn calf 

white rhino cow with long horn by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

16. The horns of White Rhino cows are generally longer and thiner than those of bulls

white rhino scratching on rubbing post by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

17. A White Rhino rubs against a tree stump after bathing in the mud and to rid itself of parasites

Red-Billed Oxpecker perching on White Rhino by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

 18. A Red-Billed Oxpecker perches on the knee of a White Rhino. The oxpecker is a regular visitor to the rhino, feeding on parasites and blood

Tourists watching White Rhino by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

19. Tourists in Lake Nakuru National Park view a trio of White Rhinos. Rhinos are definitely worth far more alive through their repeated attraction to paying visitors.

white rhino trio by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick

20. A trio of White Rhino on the shores of Lake Nakuru at dawn 

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