The wanton destruction of Africa's rhino has much greater impacts than just on the rhino themselves. The rhino, as mega-herbivores, create micro-habitats that a vast number of other species depend on.
Many insect species in particular, need the rhino for survival with the rhino's dung heaps often providing a source of moisture for many butterflies and moths to drink from. The loss of these magnificent ancient animals will cause a greater ripple effect that will be hard to comprehend and will definitely leave our own souls emptier!
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.