Tag Archives: Kwazulu Natal

The poaching of white rhino bull #109

Yesterday we published an interview with Simon Naylor, reserve manager at Phinda private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, revealing the full impact of poaching on the reserve’s rhinos, finances and staff.  Today we publish his report of a recent poaching incident. The report has been edited to remove location and identity information for […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

At the sharp end – the true cost of rhino poaching

How bad is the rhino poaching in Africa right now and how big a toll is the deadly horn trade taking on those battling to save them day in, day out? Reserve manager Simon Naylor of Phinda  game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has just had the job of dehorning their population of rhinos in […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

It squeaks: baby white rhino caught on video

Amid all the doom and gloom of rhino poaching, it’s worth an occasional reminder to ourselves of why rhinos are such amazing creatures, and worth our energy and effort to save.  On a recent visit to KwaZulu-Natal we shot some video of white rhinos at a waterhole, including a very small calf.  If you’ve never […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Rhino calves ‘suffer PTSD’ as poaching violence escalates

Ithuba is six and half months old. He’s a white rhino calf and the first inpatient at the new rhino orphanage at Thula Thula private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He’s had a bad night and his carers are concerned about his situation. There’s a real sense of tension in the air. His […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Meet the rhino whisperer

Meet Sekora Gunikhwe, rhino whisperer. Sekora’s rather extraordinary job is to get to know six very special white rhino, to understand their individual behavioural quirks, and to familiarise the animals with his presence. To do this he chats quietly to them. It’s doubtful they can understand what he’s saying, for if these rhinos could talk […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Anti-poachers raise their sights

Jabulani Ngubane was fresh from a ‘bust’. He’d just been with South African police when they arrested two men, part of a multi-million dollar rhino horn smuggling syndicate, at a toll booth on the Johannesburg to Durban road, and he was still buzzing. As rhino security intervention co-ordinator for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the provincial body […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →