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Linyalo male’s feeding on Black Rhino
A very rare sighting….
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20 May 2012
Big 5 Drive
2 June 2012
what a pity the kill is a rhino and a Black rhino. When was the kill made?
A very big pity, this Black Rhino was killed due to the Poaching in South Africa.
This is more than sad . This is unconscionable and horrendous.
The rapid loss of both the black and white rhinoceros is spelling doom and a quick extinction, as it was for the Asian rhinos.
It is disturbing that some lodges in the Sabi Sand and other regions insist on including rhino sightings in their ranger blogs. Although , I know that the decision to discontinue the announcement of rhinos on the property will not stop poachers , I believe that it will make it a bit harder for poachers to locate rhino without the " free advertising" by local lodges.
I think that poaching has become quite organized and sophisticated. That means that someone is likely reading blogs to find locations of rhinos.
I am sure that Madikwe does what it can to preserve and conserve its land and animals. However , it is my opinion that even this announcement of the lions eating a black rhino should not have been made public , but recorded in another form for permanance and statistics. It may be that this will alert poachers to the possibility of other rhinos on the Madikwe Hills properties. I hope that I am wrong.
This was truly a "moving" sighting – I was fortunate enough to experience it myself. I am sad to say that I am actually so glad that Tourists are able to experience this during their visit to our reserves to make them aware that this IS happening in some of our most pristine reserves in Africa. Guests know which reserves in South Africa and other parts of Africa are "Big 5" and this is the main attraction and reason for their visit – you can find out where in SA or anywhere else in Africa the black and white Rhino’s occur by the click of a button on our cyber friend GOOGLE – therefore I don’t think that having a blog like this one has any negative impact – the more people that are made aware, the better the chance of our Rhino’s to be saved in Africa. Poachers will always know where to go to find these incredible beasts. A great thing about reserves and in particular Madikwe & The Sabi Sands is that they no longer announce when one of these animals are spotted whilst on a safari, guides and staff of these reserves are focused on saving and helping them and take this very personal and serious – it’s a really sad day when found out that yet another animal have been poached. These blogs and photo’s show no specific landmark of where the actual sighting is, not even someone that comes here every 2 weeks will be able to tell where on the reserve the pictures were taken. We can only hope that this war will soon come to an end! If you would like any further information regarding this subject please feel free to contact me via email: email@example.com.
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