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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on World Rhino Day: Safe Havens

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog James. The poaching of our rhino and the efforts from passionate conservationists to stop it is very close to my heart. It is heart warming to know that hardly any rhinos are poached in the Sabi Sands. According to reports the authorities are clamping down and starting to win, albeit very slowly in the fight against poaching in Kruger. There was an article in Friday’s Lowvelder about the kingpins that were arrested. It is hair raising to read about poaching and the rhino orphans that are left behind. Everyone of us should try to do our best to stop rhino poaching. If it is volunteering or contributing to creating safe havens for rhino every little bit help.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Marinda,
Yes there are some great victories being won, and even heading slowly in the right direction is better than nothing.
Best,

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Lovely article, I don’t think many South Africans realise how difficult it is to see a rhino in the wild anywhere else but South Africa

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Ian,
Indeed, as they are now extinct in many parts of their former range. Fingers crossed that we’re about to turn a corner and their former range begins to be filled once more, like it has been in some areas in Botswana.
Best regards

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

With technology today drones can be flown from corner to corner of Londolozi and if properly monitored I do not see how even one poacher could successfully enter the property and complete a poaching. Once they are identified the eradication team is dispatched and the poachers are eliminated once and for all. Good plan

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Andrew and Daniel,
There are some great technologies being used by Anti-poaching units all over the country, but a lot of it isn’t divulged so as not to allow poachers to come up with ways to combat its use.
Best regards

Henk Zegwaard
Explorer

Thanks for sharing James ….. i did the same .
Technology should there to protect the animal species …. more than protect humans .
Unfortunately these relentless powerfull guys won’t stop buying the last technology ….. it would be much better if S.A. and U.SA. governement would stop supporting the weapon industry ….by limiting usage and extremely strict regulation.

Loriann Low
Explorer

We were graced with the good fortune of witnessing these amazing creatures during our stay at Londolozi. Again, it was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you for all you do to provide safe haven. ?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Loriann,
I’m glad you got to see rhinos here on your visit. We are very fortunate to enjoy the sightings we do!
Best regards

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is a well written article James. Certainly the passion of the private game reserves in addition to the National Parks is evident for world rhino day. It’s heartening to learn that the number of rhino deaths has diminished slightly, yet it’s a continuous struggle to keep the public actively interested in supporting these amazing animals.
I love observing these mostly quiet, shy , nurturing members of nature’s universe and hope for their continued survival, especially the black rhino which I’ve never seen in Sabi Sand. Maybe this year?! ???

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Denise.
Black Rhinos are very rare on Londolozi, but I believe in the southern parts of the reserve they are seen a bit more regularly as the habitat is better suited for them.
But who knows, maybe this is your year indeed…!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

It’s so encouraging to read of the increasing successes in rhino protection, thanks to the efforts of so many!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Mary Beth,
Yes indeed there are many successes all across Africa. There is still a long way to go but good people are doing good things all over the continent!

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

There truly times when it is so clear that animals are smarter than humans. Thank heavens for those helping to save not the rhino but also the other endangered species. Thank heavens for places like Londolozi whose anti poaching squad I hope takes no prisoners. Good luck to them Victoria

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Victoria.
Thanks for the comments,
Best regards

I heard recently kid a tragedy in Kenya involving rhinos.
It related to a transfer of young orphaned rhinos from Nairobi to the game reserve at Tsavo. The young animals were rescued taken to the orphanage that Dame Daphne Shedrick had dedicated many years of her life to. For political reasons it was deemed these youngsters be moved to the game park but of the 9 animals loaded on to the lorries only 2 arrived alive at their destination. Apparently a case of mis handling of the rhinos. It saddens me greatly when we take 3 steps forward only to go back 4 steps.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Corinne.
That is certainly sad but if two survived it sounds like 4 steps forward and 3 steps back, not the other way round as you state. Sometimes things can go wrong even though they are done with the best intentions.
I know the Daphne Sheldrick institute has done amazing work for both rhinos and elephants; long may they continue to do so.
Best regards

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

It is both encouraging and heartwarming to read about the extensive determination to stop poaching. It is a horrible thing. Your srticle has given me hope. Excellently written James!

Sue Dickinson
Explorer

I’m so grateful to Cisco and Dimension Data for creating this technology! Doc Watson, you’re a biscuit!

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