Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012, Day 255 - Shame

As I was perusing through my Google+ stream this morning I noticed multiple images of rhinos and thought back on this picture I took eight years ago at the Oregon Zoo.

Rhino poaching is on the rise, in 2007 only thirteen were killed while last year it was almost five hundred.  There has been a tremendous rise in the slaughter of these amazing animals for their horns due to increased black market demand is Asia.  Their horn is mistakenly believed to be either efficacious in reducing the body temperature, an aphrodisiac, and a cure for cancer.  Rhino horn does none of these things, you would see the same benefits from chewing on your own fingernails, which is to say there would be non.  Many species number less than a thousand and one less than one hundred; it is critically important to raise awareness and conservation efforts now while these critically endangered animals still have the possibility of being saved.

So today I ask you to do a Google search on rhino poaching, share the information you find, see the devastation wrought by poachers and instead of turning away in disgust do something.  Every voice matters.

Canon 1D, Canon 70-200/f2.8L with Extender EF 1.4x II
280mm, f4, 1/500 sec @ 200 ISO

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