Yesterday one of the news headlines I read said this: The western black rhino in Africa has been declared extinct by the latest assessment of threatened species.
Another animal gone forever from the Earth. This one affected me deeply as I have seen the south-central black rhinoceros up close. In Ngorogoro Crater and in The Serengeti. Very close – too close for one mama rhino – she charged towards us in a territorial and protective parental display.
The south-central black rhinoceros I saw is in danger of extinction because of hunting/poaching for their horns. They are valued at about the same rate as gold, so that makes them valuable and deadly for the animal itself.
The reason I chose these photos for this weeks challenge is twofold.
1. The feeling of wonder I experienced when I was just a few metres away from this incredible animal. She was gentle with her calf, ferocious towards us, and stunning in her perfection.
2. In each day there is a moment where I wonder – what we humans think we are doing. And why so many of us think we have the right of dominion over other species. I wonder if it is possible for enough of us to learn from past mistakes before the damage we do to the Earth is irreversible.
Today – in sadness and to honour the passing of the western black African rhinoceros from our world I offer these.
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In my travels around the blogosphere I found on daybyday’s blog a wonderful post with a link to:
A Just So Story by Rudyard Kipling
Both worth a look see.
- Africa’s Western black rhino has been declared extinct [Environment] (io9.com)
- Africa’s Western Black Rhino Is Officially Extinct (businessinsider.com)