The Rhino facing extinction.

Africa’s magnificent armoured beast

 

Here is the African White Rhinoceros, more commonly known as the Rhino and this magnificent armoured beast, is now on the verge of extinction. How dreadfully sad. It is a well known fact in Africa but possibly not so well known outside of Africa. Of course it is also a well known fact that man comes first at all costs. However, in the past there was always an enormous cadre of well meaning people and caring people who understood the importance of preserving our natural heritage, amongst them this magnificent beast. Consequently, certain areas were set aside and protected so these magnificent beasts could once more roam freely. Often in game reserves so that the public and tourists could view them.Seeing as I have been telling stories here on pieces, largely to an American based audience. I think it is high time they became more acquainted with the reasons behind this and perchance become more influential in bringing a heightened awareness of what is going on. It has got to stop, full stop.I am going to try and tell you a bit about this and why. The main cause of all this is because certain cultures believe the horn has phenomenal qualities. This being its aphrodisiac proportions and amongst Eastern populations is considered a sure fire winner. Oh ye of little faith.
Image  courtesy of Mister-E’s photostream

The African Rhino

An armoured beast

White Rhino

Now is that not a magnificent sight? It reaches this size on a herbivorous diet and generally weighs up to a ton or more and has a very thick protective skin. Left alone it can live up to 60 years or more. Unlike the author of this piece it has acutely sensitive hearing and smell, but suffers from very poor eyesight. Therein lies its vulnerability. If one can get down wind of this animal then one can get very close to it indeed.

In today’s world then poachers who never had the real means to kill or maim this beast, now have access to modern weapons. Furthermore there is a lack of funding by governments to help and train their wardens in eradicating poachers. It’s a lucrative trade and when you are poor to start with and somebody offers you money, which by ordinary standards is not very great, but by your standards, it’s riches. Perhaps then one can understand how many people are willing to do this?

Image courtesy of Mister-E’s photostream

They kill the Rhino for its horn.

Nothing else that’s it.

So here is this great beast. It has very poor eyesight and this makes it vulnerable. It is killed for its horn alone which as already explained has some medicinal purposes.

That’s it, that’s all they want. Kill it, chop off the horn and run. Seems like such a waste?

What can we do about it, if anything?

Many people I know say, ” we should just cut off their horns humanely and therefore the poachers have no reason to kill it, but at least the Rhino still lives.”

Others say, ” this is a crime and the only way is to stop the poachers.”

I would welcome your views in the comments section at the bottom of this piece.

 

Part of the Rhino’s problem.

Their breeding habits.

Armoured beast

It seems that the female rhino only becomes receptive to the male’s attentions every three years or so, while the male only becomes interested in her at the same intervals. A condition known quite appropriately as “Must.”

The problem is one of synchronization, for their amorous inclinations do not always coincide.

Above sent to me by a lovely lady.

Nevertheless it is true and sadly is part of the problem. Put another way, they can’t breed their way out of trouble. In human terms what this boils down to is, she has always got a headache, but at long last, when she hasn’t, he’s finally got one.

Anyway, on a more serious note, that is exactly what happens but concerned game rangers have been trying for decades to artificially inseminate them. It’s great when people care?

 

You can help.

Visit the great African outdoors.

Africa

There is actually a way concerned people can help. Very simply put, take a trip to Africa and visit. What this means is, the more governments see how much this means to people and the more revenue they accrue from associated trips, the more inclined they will be on working to stem this tide on poaching. Hurry and book your game viewing trip of a lifetime now.

Now a good friend of mine wrote a very lovely poem about this the other day and has very kindly granted me permission to use it on this piece. Before you read it, I just want to say, whatever has happened to the world? People spiking vulnerable or any, woman’s drink or food in order to be able to undermine her defences and sleep with her. How sad? Even sadder most, if not all of this could have been prevented by not allowing incompetent and unethical governments into power. Look around you, it is everywhere. Did any one ever stop to think what the cost was going to be, not only in human terms?

So a very lovely and iconic African armoured beast pays the price with extinction. Who or what next?

Our last African Rhino died today,

The press of course had much to say,

They questioned why so little was done,

To stop the merciless poachers gun.

 

They blamed the buyers from the East,

Huge sums were paid for one dead beast,

Shot for the trophy of its ‘magical’ horn,

Marked for culling from the day it was born.

 

Ounce for ounce, more precious than gold.

Containing no aphrodisiac power we’re told,

Gone now forever in the name of greed,

No-one held accountable, all poachers freed.

 

The world points fingers, but it’s too late,

The majestic White Rhino has met it’s fate.

The Black and the White, enigmatically aloof.

Africa’s rarest beast on cloven hoof.

 

Now we invite visitor to see the ‘ Big Four ’,

As the fifth, our beloved Rhino, is no more

It is a day of grief and unbelief we all say

Because our very last Rhino died today…

 

Alf Hutchison ….Author of “ Sounds of Distant Drums ”

 

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About spookmoor

I'm a 61 year old happily married man with three grown up children. I lost all my hearing as an eighteen year old whilst doing National Service and then had a Cochlear Ear Implant twenty years later. I love trying to explain these things to people and bits about my life. I never thought so at the time, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Thus one gets Random ramblings from a man who has seen a lot with a touch of humour underlying all.
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39 Responses to The Rhino facing extinction.

  1. Thank you Spook for your story on our beloved Rhino’s. Just a point to your audience as to the critical nature of this story, 2 species of rhino went extinct in the last 2 year, the west African and the Sumatran. There are no rhino left in Mozambique and Zambia!
    Following on this, east Africa are losing as many elephants a week and are under serious threat there! So please ladies and gentlemen do take a trip to Africa we need you to make a difference for the sake of our iconic animals.
    We would love to share with you our Africa.
    http://www.exceptionalafricansafaris.com

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