The emotional attachment and pride South Africans feel for the rhinoceros can be seen through the growing populations of the species within our borders. South Africa is viewed as the primary custodian of Africa’s rhinos. With approximately 93% and 40% of total white and black rhino populations found in our country respectively.
Rhino poaching is a disturbing trend that South Africa and other countries face. As rhino deaths continue to rise despite government responses to combat it, the need for greater public participation and social media outreach is needed.
World Rhino Day started in 2010 by WWF-South Africa. Thereafter it quickly became an international success, and is now recognised in all major countries. Each year businesses, NGOs, public and private reserves and zoos participate in raising awareness of the ecological importance and benefits to tourism rhinos hold. There are five species of rhinos. The black and white rhino species of South Africa, the greater one-horned rhinoceros of India, as well as, the Javan and Sumatran rhino of Asia.
In South Africa the day is very popular, and one need not look far to get involved in a local event. One of the primary reasons for South Africa’s previous rhino conservation success has been the strong alliance between private and public sector players. 20-25% of rhino populations in South Africa are now privately owned, which is a much larger margin then in the past. The private management of this endangered animal allows for more focused care and security. The greater funds available at these private reserves help to further accommodate the species conservation and safe-keeping. South African citizens and private owners are developing innovative strategies to deter poachers, this includes dehorning, introducing dye or even poison into rhino horns.
At Samara Private Game Reserve we share in the deep connection and love towards these wild animals. Our Game Reserve is home to the buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and both the white and black rhino. It’s our mission to create South Africa’s third largest protected area in a biodiversity hotspot located in the Great Karoo.
We are fortunate to announce that a baby rhino has been born on the reserve. This is great news for World Rhino Day, and for the future of this beautiful species. A rhino usually only breeds every 3 years, and the pregnancy lasts 18-months. So with each new rhino that is born, it truly is a special moment.
She is a healthy, young, female white rhino. This little icon spends her time playing around in the veld, suckling off her patient mother and collapsing into a heap of exhaustion for a well-deserved nap.
You can help secure the future of this African icon by sponsoring the collaring of a rhino. This allows us to track the rhino and ensure we know their whereabouts at all times to prevent poaching. For more information on the story behind this baby rhino’s birth, and how you can get involved with wildlife conservation, visit Samara .