Conservationist PETER CHADWICK captured this powerful photograph during the recent dehorning of white rhino at the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. The dehorning has taken place in a desperate bid to save the rhino from poachers… to rescue these animals from extinction.
After spending a month at Phinda with Simon James Naylor and “his amazing conservation team”, the conservation photographer wrote on his website PeterChadwick.co.za:
“The journey was both physically and emotionally challenging and after speaking to countless people, the sad reality hit hard, that time is running out for the rhino unless we can collectively find a long-lasting solution to the poaching crisis.
“Phinda had to take a hard decision to dehorn their rhino, but it was definitely the correct decision for now and they need to be hugely congratulated for their tremendous conservation effort!
“I would rather see 200 dehorned rhino alive than have to carry out an autopsy on one dead rhino” – veterinarian Mike Toft
“Mike Toft, the vet who undertook the actual dehorning, summed it so well by saying he “would rather see 200 dehorned rhino alive than have to carry out an autopsy on one dead rhino”.
“Over the next while, I will be posting more on the details of the trip, but one thing is for certain, I am forever changed from the latest experience of being physically so close to so many rhino while watching their horns being removed!”
Peter’s conservation photography project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa. Peter’s mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography.
Please read Peter Chadwick’s full report on www.peterchadwick.co.za/.