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A Conservationist Recalls His Beginnings

 Gwayi Conservancy in Zimbabwe. Photo by Perrin Banks

Two contrasting scenes stand out in my mind when I remember my past as a young boy herding my father’s cattle in the former wildlands of Domboshava, Zimbabwe. Mountains covered with forest full of diverse, juicy wild fruits—this was the common scenery in my early days as a herd boy, unforgettable, and one I cherished and so dearly loved. I remember the scenery changing, my beloved forests and flowing rivers were slowly replaced by bare mountains, lethargic rivers and leafless remnants of bushy trees still standing.

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India's Passion for Africa's Wildlife

The South African R20 note manipulated to show a poached elephant

Hi my name is India and I am 18 years old, I live and study in the UK but my heart has always been in Africa. Being half South African and having the opportunity to go to Africa pretty much every year of my life has honestly made me who I am today.

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A Rhino Thermometer

Black rhinos grazing. Photo: Phil Perry Wildlife Photography

There is a rhinometer in the local newspaper. It tracks the number of rhinos killed. It is the kind of thermometer you see when people are fundraising, where you want the red to reach the top, signifying your fundraising target.  Yet with the rhinometer the red symbolizes the blood of rhinos, you pray it does not keep rising. 

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The Youngest Victims of Poaching: Orphaned Rhinos at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

Eye of an orphaned rhino calf at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Photo by: Billy Dodson

It’s long been my belief that rhino poaching is a painful abstraction for most of us with an interest in African wildlife.  We see the gruesome photographs of de-horned animals on the Internet and read the news clips about the most recent transgressions against these magnificent creatures, but then the cell phone rings or the bills arrive in the mailbox and we mentally shift gears to the next concern.  All this is perfectly natural. 

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Rhinos at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, South Africa

A ranger monitors activity atop a hill at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in South Africa. Photo by: Billy Dodson

The rugged hills of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are golden and bright during the winter months, and the short, dry grass sways to the rhythm of a near constant breeze. 

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