Bull’s eye for the rhino

bulls eye rhino

This is quite a powerful way to highlight the plight of rhinos.

On the Sea Point beachfront promenade these are metal sculptures that, individually, are meaningless. But stand in a special spot and look down at the combined shape of each piece and you see a rhino.

You get the same view as the poachers do when they take aim with their high-powered rifles.

We’re losing them at such a rate that apparently in 10 years there will be none left.

In 2007 there were 13 killed

In 2008 there were 83 killed

In 2009 there were 122 killed

In 2010 there were 333 killed

and so it goes, increasing annually… last year there were 1004 killed and this year we can expect that number to double, at least.

And all because some people in some parts of Asia believe the horn has special medicinal properties. It doesn’t. It has no more property than your hair or nails, because it’s made of the same stuff.

Efforts to curb poaching are clearly not working, especially when rangers are involved. Rhino horns could be cultivated to be removed without killing the animal but there are some who don’t believe this is the answer. I don’t know what the answer is but I believe that there is no hope for these animals – they are doomed.

There’s probably one being shot at right now as you read this. If the bullet doesn’t kill it instantly, he is weakened enough to be tracked and then his horns are hacked off. He is left to bleed to death. Or it’s a female and her calf cries and cries, as any baby would.

And elephants are next.



About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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