By Kay Burley
Road blocks are just a pain. They prevent you from being where you need to be on time and are hugely frustrating.
That is of course unless they're in the form of a 2,000 kg male white rhino who just happens to be lying across the middle of a dirt road in the South African bush and is determined you won't be passing him anytime soon.
I was travelling in an open-sided Land Rover truck with other safari goers when we came across the massive prehistoric beast sprawled across the road, snoring, not a care in the world.
We all excitedly reached for our cameras and exchanged comments about how wonderful it was to see such an imposing and majestic animal in its natural habitat. He was lucky. We could just as easily have been reaching for a gun.
Sadly, there are millions of humans who want to see rhinos dead. Most of them are in the Far East. Humans who think the horn of the white or black rhino can be ground down and ingested to improve their sex lives, cure cancer or ward off evil spirits. Humans who are prepared to pay heavily-armed poachers to shoot and maim these animals, hack off their horn and ship it half way around the world to China. It's the new drug trade in Africa, a multi-million dollar industry that commands $65,000 a kilo for rhino horn. An average rhino horn is about 5kg. It's not hard to do the maths.
So far this year more than 200 rhino have been killed in the country. Poachers bristling with armoury sneak across the border from Mozambique determined to hunt. They often walk 60km, weighed down with AK47s, machetes, explosives, anything the hunters think they'll need to bring down the mighty animals. The more brazen and better organised even use a helicopter to scour the landscape for the increasingly rare rhino. When they spot one, they dart it from the air, land, kill the animal, hack off the horn and are back over the border before the anit-poaching team have had time to put on their boots. More....