Unfortunately, with the current poaching epidemic, we can’t delve into too much detail regarding this magnificent sighting of two ‘Bhejane’ (pronounced ‘Bhe-jaan’), the Zulu name for this irascible critter. Suffice to say it was one of guide Leon’s best sightings ever, and certainly unexpected in the exact area it occurred. And of course, sadly, it was made all the more special when considering the plight of these creatures at the moment – current figures are roughly one killed every 8 hours somewhere in South Africa, all for the ‘traditional medicine’ trade in Asia, China and Vietnam specifically. Chilling stuff, and with this information creating a somewhat sombre mood for the clients at the time, despite the magnitude of the encounter, we pushed on to see what else the morning would bring us… Maybe see what you can do to help stop this slaughter.
Rhinos are in trouble right now. We need to take action to try to stop, or at least slow down, the poaching. If we don’t, we may only see them in a few secure zoos in 10 year’s time. We all need to get involved, and for me, signing petitions is not good enough. I’ve started a campaign on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website to raise money to sponsor the tracking dogs of the Specialised Tactical Tracking Unit, a group of volunteers who help the South African Police track down poachers. It’s a small way to help, but if we all help in small ways we can achieve big things. Please have a look at my campaign, donate if you can, and share it! Here’s the link: