In a world of sensationalist headlines and predictions of doom and gloom, it is refreshing to hear some good news for a change! This is particularly so in the ongoing fight against the rhino poaching crisis that has gripped South Africa since 2008.
Recent statistics have shown a drop in the rate of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. This is certainly cause for celebration and indicates that measures to reduce poaching are gaining traction, although certain experts worry that the drop in Kruger has been offset by poaching increases in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal, as well as other parts of Africa.
At reserve level, the addition of even a single rhino generates much-needed optimism that the conservation efforts of dedicated and passionate organisations will not be in vain. Samara is overjoyed to announce the birth of a female white rhino calf, born this winter. This little ‘mini-me’ spends her days gambolling around the veld, suckling from her patient mother and collapsing into a heap of exhaustion for a well-deserved nap.
We feel so privileged to be home to this little one and will do everything within our power to ensure that she grows up within a safe, wild environment.
Check out these adorable photos and remind yourself that there is still hope for this iconic species!
Photos by Jody Bloomer