Instagram – Dec 10, 2021 @ 15:12
We were absolutely devastated to hear the news coming out of South Africa regarding a poaching incident at Inverdoorn Reserve, just outside Cape Town, that left 4 rhinos dead, including a pregnant female, and one critically injured.
The below is a repost from our friends and partners @blackbeanproductions who sum up this tragic poaching crisis and the devastating consequences it has. Situations like this are a poignant reminder that the war on poaching is far from over…
“For the last 10 years, we have been documenting the poaching crisis. We’ve seen victories but sadly, for the most part, we’ve seen a huge amount of loss.
It’s maddening to think that this war all comes down to keratin – the very same fibre that our hair and fingernails are made up of.
Rhino populations have been plagued by poachers for decades and conservationists have taken drastic measures to try to protect them. In this case, despite these rhinos living in a protected area with an anti-poaching team, being de-horned and one of the rhinos having a synthetic horn, no measures were enough to deter poachers. It’s also been reported that one of the rhinos killed was pregnant, which makes this loss even greater.
The remaining rhino is under the critical care of expert veterinarians, who are doing everything in their power to save her life. The Inverdoorn team is mobilising and taking all measures possible to ensure that the poachers responsible for this incident are brought to justice and that the remaining rhinos in the reserve continue to receive the protection they need.”