It is no way to kick off World Rhino Day. Little Bahati, from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, had already been the victim of rhino poachers when they shot and killed his mother last year, taking her horns and orphaning the defenceless rhino calf.
Dick worked his way through the luggage with methodical and focused movements and quickly identified what he was looking for—a smuggled illegal piece of ivory. His speed and agility are the sure-fire skills that will help tremendously in combatting the illegal wildlife trade that is ravishing the wildlife populations of Africa.
Last week, the effort to raise awareness in Vietnam about the plight of the rhino was in full swing as 20 famous Vietnamese celebrities, musicians and artists took part in a two-hour, nationally broadcast show called The Call of the Wild.
A video has surfaced showing a genet hitchhiking on a critically endangered black rhino. Although typically solitary creatures, this genet, nicknamed Genet Jackson—after the popular singer—appears to enjoy traveling on the backs of larger wildlife.
Update: Latest reports show the rhino horns seized in Mozambique have now gone missing. We will provide additional updates as we learn more.