International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 49 - Page 15

day, leaving her calf unable to fend for itself. Is this how we treat the innocent elders and young of our planet? Human beings should be ashamed of themselves. Even though rhinos are well built for survival, they were not prepared to face an organized gang of humans with an insatiable taste for greed. The driving force behind the horrific killings of this great animal elder is the very thing which was meant to protect them. Their horn has been sought after for daggers and rumoured and unproven medicinal benefits in Asia. Historically, using rhino horn is a sign of prestige in several Asian cultures. Due to the demand for their horn, Namibia lost most of its rhino population in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet out of this dark period came hope. As the number of rhino shrank resulting in their near extinction, Save the Rhino Trust was formed in 1982 with the aim to ensure protection of the remaining rhino while affording elephant and All photos on this page credit: Dave Hamman Photography www.internationallifestylemagazine.com