The 22nd September marks World Rhino Day each year.
Initiated in 2010 by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) South Africa, World Rhino Day was meant to be away of drawing attention to the plight of South Africa’s rhinos as poaching levels began increasing exponentially, in this country as well as throughout the rest of Africa.
Although the numbers of poached rhinos continued to rise over the following years, particularly in South Africa itself, there is light at the end of the tunnel, in that 2015 saw the first decrease in the number of poached rhinos since the crisis first began in 2007. The number of animals lost was still unacceptably high, but given the number of deaths over the preceding few years, it did seem that things had turned in the right direction.
Currently, men and women all over Africa are risking their lives to protect the remaining black and white rhinoceroses, and indeed in the Kruger Park and surrounds, anti-poaching teams are on a 24hr vigil.
The rhino sightings we at Londolozi are privileged to enjoy on a regular basis are a direct result of the hard work of a small elect band who have chosen to dedicate their energies entirely to the protection of this species, and we salute them!
World Rhino Day is intended to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos across Africa and indeed the world (there are 5 species of rhino worldwide). Our hope is that it does just that, and that Londolozi continues to be a safe haven in which these behemoths of the animal world can continue living the way nature always intended.