In the wake of the news of the death of the last of 🌍’s male Northern White Rhino, I hope more can be done to ensure this heartbreaking pattern does not continue to repeat. My thoughts are with all those at @olpejeta Conservancy, and @amivitale who I know travelled there on Sunday to take one last portrait of the gentle giant. While Sudan’s declining health was a portent of the end, it is still a devastating loss for us all. ——————————————
Image above is of a mother and calf Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum). Rhino poaching in Africa peaked in 2015, and is thankfully marginally in decline over recent years. Global populations are ONLY JUST beginning to increase which gives us all hope for the future... Despite this, each year over 1,000 rhinos are poached in South Africa alone! They have suffered a 9,000% increase in rhino poaching. This works out to nearly three animals every day. Photo geo-stripped to combat poaching.