Although there is regular press reportage about the rhinos that have been killed by poachers, little is actually said about the numbers of orphaned calves that have been left behind and have survived the brutality.
I recently visited a rehabilitation center that had nine of these orphaned calves in various bomas and while other people around me offered comments of aaah’s and cutes, I was left with an immense sadness for these poor youngsters that had witnessed the worst of mans’ violence.
At the same time, I was also awed and humbled by the incredible people that are dedicating much of their lives for now caring for these traumatized rhino. There are a number of these rehabilitation centers across the country and without their care and support the tally of deaths would be so much higher. Where such wonderful people exist, there is still hope that we can win this war and stop the slaughter of one of Africa’s greatest icons – I salute all of you that are giving everything to give these young animals a better life!
This conservation photography project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) that provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. This conservation photography project will use rangers as the “lead characters” to highlight the issues faced by conservationists and showcase opportunities for improved support of rangers in the future. Positive and targeted messages will be communicated that emphasise the critical role that rangers play in African conservation in ensuring that the continent’s natural heritage is preserved for the benefit of future generations. Support Africa’s Rangers by supporting the GRAA.
Peter Chadwick is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. The iLCP’s goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures.