My contribution for this week’s challenge…
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary was our second stop in Botswana.
As the sign states, the Rhinoceros population here is being watched over….
if fact cared for by a military guard.
where to eat,
the most important place of all on a hot day,
and of course that swimming was available.
This sign was self-explanatory.
I just love the placement of this sign…
in the background is a temporary canvas restaurant, and bar, and…
to the left are the beginnings of the new restaurant,
the previous restaurant having burned down,
This photo is a sure sign of better things to come.
Rule number three states: ‘Driving is not allowed after dark’.
We were told that this because the sanctuary is guarded twenty-four hours a day
by members of a nearby military camp…
and to re-enforce this statement we had noted these towers,
during our drive around the sanctuary.
Another sign of poaching problems.
Poaching Rhinoceros for their (keratin-fingernail) horn is so bad that in
excess of 1,000 rhinoceros were killed in South Africa alone, in 2013,
…just for the horn.
That is nearly 3 rhinos shot dead
EACH & EVERY
day during 2013.
I did hear that even a foetus had its horn removed
The policy here, is ‘shoot first ask questions later’.
I was not about to test the policy!
Graph 1, data published by South African Department of Environmental Affairs (2014)
By my calculations, the 2013 figure of