With a long chequered past and an uncertain future, some 60 million years of evolution, the African rhino is under the very real threat of extinction.
The second largest mammal, these intimidating yet appealing creatures have become a symbol for wildlife conservation.
I have never forgotten my first encounter with a living dinosaur. Face to face, the startling horn, a living tank and colossal beauty blocked our entrance to the game reserve. Satisfying his curiosity, he turned his huge, bulky frame and trotted away with remarkable grace and speed. A thrill to witness…
It wasn’t so long ago that the black and white rhinos roamed the savannahs in their hundreds and thousands. But loss of habitat, and more shockingly, poaching for their horns, have seen numbers fall dramatically.
This alarming escalation in poaching is of grave concern to conservationists. Nearly half of these deaths have involved the critically endangered black rhino – the rarer of the two African species.