Fight for Rhinos

South Africa is in the midst of the worst drought in recent memory. Five out of the nine provinces have been seriously impacted; Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Free State.

According to the South African Weather Service, 2015 was the country’s driest year since 1904 when record keeping began.

As watering holes dry up, and grasslands die, this has meant death for many of Kruger National Park wildlife residents.  Harsh and unforgiving,  yet a”normal” cyclic events that help shape the ecosystem,  one of nature’s ways of assuring “survival of the fittest”. 

rhino mud rescue caters news agency 1A result of drought, this rhino became stuck in the dried watering hole on a South African reserve. Photo: Caters news agency

rhino mud rescue caters new agency 3After digging out a path, he was successfully freed. Photo: Caters news agency

But when species are endangered due to unnatural or manmade circumstances, the consequences of a drought become more devastating.

With only about 20,000 rhinos…

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