Extirpated from the wild in most of Africa, I had the good fortune to see black rhinoceroses on a private preserve in Zimbabwe last year.
Finding them after dark, a spotlight illuminated a calf scampering about behind its placidly eating mother. Her horns were cut off to deter poaching and the animals are under 24-hour armed guard.
The black rhino population dropped from an estimate of several hundred thousand in the early 1900s to 2,410 by the late 1990s. The primary cause for this decline is poaching. Several subspecies are extinct.
These photos are fuzzy and full of nighttime darkness and shadows. At first, I was disappointed by them. A year later, they seem to appropriately suit their state in the world.
Tomorrow I am off to Africa. For the next month, I’ll be cruising around Botswana and the Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe camping, hiking, canoeing, and, I hope, taking killer photos and scribbling down blog-post ideas. I’m leaving my computer behind (Yay!) but I will post things as I have access. Enjoy the summer and stay well. xoxo T
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