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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Rhino extinction would impact other species

It’s not only rhinos that are impacted by the rhino poaching crisis, the very landscape they inhabit could also be affected. New research published in the Journal of Ecology suggests that the reintroduction of white rhinos to South Africa’s Kruger national park has changed the structure and composition of the park’s savanna grasslands, indicating that […]

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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 […]

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World Rhino Day

It’s World Rhino Day and we’re here in Nairobi on the Kenyan leg of Project African Rhino – our three year photo-journalism drive to raise awareness about rhino conservation at a time when poaching is on the rise again.  It’s been a hectic first week of intensive research and photography in the beautiful Laikipia region, […]

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Saving private rhino

A darted white rhino bull awaits emergency surgery to treat a wound on his flank inflicted by another rhino on a private game in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Just under a quarter of the total rhino population in South Africa can be found on privately-owned reserves and game ranches. Private ownership has, to date, been […]

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