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Black Rhino - In Honor of Greatness This shot is rather rare.  It shows a complete family.  In the front, a gorgeous long-horned cow called &quot;MK&quot;, with her 3 year old calf next to her.  In the back, a bull.  <br />
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It is with the greatest of regret and sorrow that I now announce the death of Mk due to poachers.  The only way to honor her is through this picture.   Black rhinoceros,Diceros bicornis,bull,calf,cow,endangered,family.,gorgeous,horn,icon,iconic,rare,wild,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Black Rhino - In Honor of Greatness

This shot is rather rare. It shows a complete family. In the front, a gorgeous long-horned cow called "MK", with her 3 year old calf next to her. In the back, a bull.

It is with the greatest of regret and sorrow that I now announce the death of Mk due to poachers. The only way to honor her is through this picture.

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  1. Your other rhino is already on the homepage but I'm promoting this one anyway, because it deserves to be seen. It is so frustrating to feel powerless as this species goes extinct for no reason at all. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Yeah, very frustrating. We had 30 men (Anti Poaching Units) in the field, yet they came in by air. 2 Minutes ... all done.

      The syndicates are extremely wealthy and powerful. My heart is broken.
      Posted 5 years ago
      1. Sometimes I think the game of conservation should stop playing nice and play the same game of big money, bullets and technology. Poaching should become a deadly profession. Sadly, not even that will stop some people. Posted 5 years ago
  2. How very sad and pointless. It amazes me what people who should know better will persist in believing. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Very true. There will remain a core of people who do know better yet benefit too much from it, or are plain sadists. A bigger group, however, can be turned. I recently read that there was reasonable success in China due to some campaigns. In those cases, the people did not know any better, and now they do.

      It remains hard to hang on to that little hope though. As another sad example, in Tanzania there are so few rhinos left that they are permanently guarded. Poachers have largely given up on them (yet the problem of these rhinos unable to find a mate remains). In response to that, they have moved their focus to the Hippo. Available in great supply, easy to slaughter, and in this case they have made up that their teeth has value.

      And these are only the iconic species. You don't hear much of species like the armadillo, who are slaughtered on an epic scale. Recently a boat was uncovered that held thousands of them, 10% of the total population, on a single boat. Again to make useless products from.

      Wildlife crime is the 2nd criminal industry in this world, only after drugs. It appears it is a war with no single answer. It has to be fought in many ways: through education, donations, utilizing technology, all of it. A root cause that should not be overlooked is the great imbalance in wealth in this world. Poverty fuels a lot of this.
      Posted 5 years ago
      1. You are absolutely spot on Ferdy. I also heard of that boat with the Armadillos. So shocking.

        And yes, the main driving force behind rhino poaching in specific, is the poverty levels and current value of rhino horn on the black market. Right now a horn can sell at US $ 150 000 per Kilogram, an average horn weighing in at 6 to 7 kg = US $ 1 Million / horn.

        In the case of South Africa, Mozambique poachers come in their thousands. Poor as can be, dreaming of making some money. They are very well aware of the fact that they might be killed in the process, but the potential reward is just too great.

        With an average monthly income of below US $ 80 per family, a horn can thus provide "life" for over many, many years.

        In the end, all that will remain are photographs of these magnificent creatures.
        Posted 5 years ago
    2. Thanks for commenting Morpheme. Yes, extremely sad. And indeed a dreadfully self centered approach that affects us all. Posted 5 years ago

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The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros, is a species of rhinoceros, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the rhino was referred to as ''black'', it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance.

The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros. These common names are misleading, as those two species are not really distinguishable by color. The word ''white''.. more

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