“What an inspiring and educational morning we’ve had! We tagged along with the @pilanesberg.wildlife.trust to tag a young Rhino this AM. As conservationists, they’re job began as observers, researchers and protectors of the environment and the many wondrous animals that inhabit it here in South Africa, but illegal poaching has pushed so many of these species to the brink of extinction, necessitating a kind of conservationism that is often closer to combat. I have the utmost respect and admiration for these humans that are literally putting their lives on the line for the protection of these majestic creatures. By darting, tagging and studying them they are increasing the animal’s chances of survival a thousand-fold. And for that I take my hat off to them. I invite anyone with the means, knowhow and or interest to dig deeper into this issue of illegal poaching and I lovingly challenge you to not have your empathy increased by at least the weight of this young Rhino. 😉 And just so you know, this young beast was back up on its feet not twenty minutes after this photo was taken and he probably had a cool story to share with his buds out there in the bush. Thanks to @wearelivesa for this opportunity! CapeTown we are on our way!
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