It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unravelling?
surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?
what did you do
We have to ask ourselves if we are the last generation to see free-ranging Black Rhino on the planet and if our great great grandchildren will question our actions.
If we, as Namibia Horse Safari Company are to continue to conduction horse riding safaris through these wild and beautiful places where so unique a creature as a free-ranging Black Rhino still exists, we cannot do nothing, since we do know what is going on…
Conservation projects like Save the Rhino Trust are faced with a formidable enemy. Syndicated poaching, willing to pay more than the price of gold for Rhino horn, indiscriminately also target the animals and those who protect them with military precision. Available resources simply cannot compete to stem this new tide. Patrolling over a million hectare of astonishingly rough terrain is a formidable and expensive task.
An approach, somewhat invasive and unfortunately extremely stressful for the animal, is to remove the horn. But now it would seem poachers still kill these animals - either out of vengeance or to avoid the effort of needlessly tracking what it to them a ‘useless’ animal. Also Rhino horn grows back over time – in fact it seems the horn grows back even faster than initial growth.
De-horned or not, the most effective way to protect Rhino is by monitoring – an enormous undertaking, but proven to be effective if the guards can be protected.
By making live Rhino more valuable to communities than the instant cash for horn is a long process of education and training. This is a task for organisations such as Save the Rhino which has a long history of integration in the communities who live in these areas.
We urge you to visit Save the Rhino Trust website (www.savetherhinotrust.org) to see how small contributions help towards this mammoth task of protecting these magnificent creatures we are yet privileged to be able to experience.
Namibia Horse Safari Company will be riding 1000 km’s on horseback through the Namib this year with a group of riders in support of our Rhino.
Two of our intrepid riders have set themselves an ambitious mission to raise funds for the Rhino. Follow them on www.dare2save.org and join in a ‘virtual’ ride through western Namibia from 6 May to 5 June 2016 in support of this extraordinary heartfelt project.