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Rhino horns belong on their heads!

How does a human stoop so low as to slaughter an animal simply to feed their own greed?

It appears that a cartel of poachers has been doing exactly this, close to Johannesburg, by raiding the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve by helicopter at night. They’ve been killing rhino’s, hacking off their horns with chainsaws, and leaving their young distraught and defenceless, if not dead too.

Game rangers took many hours to find the nine-month-old calf of the most recent victim. He has been moved to a camp with other orphaned rhino’s, in part to alleviate his trauma and loneliness, which rhino’s have been rumoured to die from.

About six weeks ago a pregnant rhino and her calf were massacred in the same reserve, for the same reason: to supply the illegal market for rhino horn. A single one is said to fetch around $1,000,000 in China.

There are no adult rhino’s remaining in this park now, but for the record, here is a photo of a youngster that Dave took some time ago:


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Spreading the word for endangered species…

Big thanks to Jenny at www.andnow.co.za for spreading the word about the EWT Saddle-billed Stork survey in the Kruger National Park, as well as for featuring some of Dave’s images! Have a look at her informative article, which gives great background to these beautiful, endangered birds: Saddle-billed Stork. While you’re there, she’s included an excellent post on another of our sub-continent’s struggling species: the African Wild Dog.

Here are two wild dog pics of Dave’s, taken at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve here in South Africa, in case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them 🙂

MUDDY WILD DOG - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

WILD DOG ANTICS - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Jenny discovered my post, Saddle-billed Stork Survey, after browsing this blog courtesy of the www.sa-venues.com interview with Dave, so thanks again to them for featuring that!
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Intelligence

Intelligence is imparted in perfect proportion.

OSTRICH - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
OSTRICH – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose” – Mark Twain

“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” – Bertolt Brecht

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost Continue reading

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Restlessness

Restlessness is rarely without reason.

CHEETAH - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
CHEETAH – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” – Joseph Conrad

“Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.” – John Ruskin Continue reading

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Mud

Mud ≠ Dirt

MUDDY WILD DOG - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” – E. E. Cummings

“Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.” – Frederick Langbridge

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud” – Carl Sandburg Continue reading

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Looking

Looking is the surest way of seeing.

LIONESS - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
LIONESS – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly” – Chinese Proverb

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander Continue reading

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Responsibility

Sticking your head in the sand (unlike an ostrich :-)) only exposes everything else.

OSTRICH - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
OSTRICH – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Josiah Charles Stamp

Notes:

‘Contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their heads in sand…This myth likely began with Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), who wrote that Ostriches “imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.”‘ – Wikipedia.

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