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Meru National Park (Kenya), late August 2009.

 

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Rhinos need a helping hand!

 

-Eastern Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli), the rarest of the three remaining subspecies of Black Rhino photographed at Ol Pejeta, Kenya.

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Rainbirder, did you see our own "Safaritalk" at Ol Pejeta?

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A day at the spa for a refreshing mud bath- Thornybush SA August 2009

 

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Sabi Sand, July 2011

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Taken at Entabeni in South Africa. Very relaxed dudes around the vehicle. I was driving hence the eye level shot :)

 

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Was that with a micro camera?

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yeah, realised that I'd made the pic small for our website ... didn't realise how small LOL. I'll find the original out and put that on instead. But you get the gist for what it could look like if it was the right size ;)

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hi found these at lake nakuru in early feb 2013

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A white rhino marking (vigorously!) - Lewa, Kenya - August '07

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Sabi Sands, May 2013.

 

The above rhino has had it's horn treated under the new "toxification" campaign implemented by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin Association. They have injected a mix of parasiticides and indelible pink dye into numerous rhinos' horns in order to combat international poaching syndicates. The horns are infused by a non-lethal chemical mixture designed to sicken anyone using it as a “traditional medicine”. Consumers of the powdered horn risk becoming seriously ill from ingesting a so-called "medicinal product" which is now contaminated with a non-lethal chemical package. A key additive to the Sabi Sand treatments is an indelible pink dye which exposes the presence of smuggled horns on airport scanners worldwide and warns consumers that the ground-up product is hazardous. The toxin-dye injections are administered into the horn's inert (painless) keratin by compressed air.

 

Since all the products used are biodegradable and eco-friendly, there are no long-term effects on the environment and only Ox-Pecker friendly and Vulture safe products have been used. The treatment “grows” out with the horn and so poses no long-term effects and, if a treated animal dies of natural causes, retrieval and registration of the horn is a legal requirement. In addition, by law, any rhino that is immobilised for whatever reason now has to be micro-chipped.

 

The fact that the rhino’s in the reserve are treated is widely publicised by means of 200+ signposts around the reserve’s perimeter and, should a treated rhino be killed, the indelible dye is clearly visible inside the horn. Staff from the various lodges are also actively involved in the horn treatment process as their involvement ensures that word about the treatment spreads rapidly via the “bush telegraph”.

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The first two are from the Dolomite area in Etosha, March 2013. Mom and Baby visited the watering hole. They got to within 12 yards of the vehicle before our guide started it up and she ran off. I have a great video where you can here us talking and her breathing.

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This topic needs more photos :)

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Okay Warden, here are some...

I don't disclose locations of rhino photos, but bright sparks here on ST can easily identify some of these regions (perhaps)...

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... Africa?

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... Africa?

Dead right!! ;)

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Cub drinking with her mum

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@@fmoraal - cub?? do you mean calf? ;)

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Lake Nakuru July 2013

 

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What price on my head?

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Solio Ranch, Kenya; August 2013.

Two White Rhino were killed by semi-automatic weapons only a few days before we visited Solio Ranch. The ranch staff denied that there had been any poaching incidents however we stumbled across the site where the rhinos had been slaughtered (heavily blood-stained grass with numerous vultures in a nearby tree). On returning home an internet search yielded this: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/mobilevet/vetfielddetail_new.asp?VRD=218 (scroll down to the text below the zebra images)

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White Rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park

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Just about the only time I don't mind waiting for the road to clear.

 

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Also from Lake Nakuru. November 2011.

 

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What is being done to Africa's rhinos is such a tragedy.

Looking back through old slides I realised that we used to see black rhino on every visit to Maasai Mara. Now they are rarely seen.

 

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