CAPTURED: THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 260mm
1/250 sec – F/5.3
Sensitivity: ISO 200
During a November 2012 visit to the Kruger National Park, I, for the first time saw a poached Rhino and it broke my heart! It has become such a part of our daily living over the news, in the newspapers, on TV but we don’t realize how horrible it actually is until you suddenly come face to face with reality! This capture is proof of how Rhino’s get slaughtered by poachers even in a National Park!
This was done close to our camp, as we noticed the chopper, not a regular sight, three days before, but didn’t know what they were doing or looking for.
I paid a visit to SANparks website and came across this
“Unite Against Poaching”:
Media Release: Eight suspected poachers arrested
Sending a strong warning, Dr David Mabunda, Chief Executive Officer of SANParks said “Our intensified efforts, together with our partners, are starting to bear fruit. The poachers and their bosses will not get away with these crimes. They must know they cannot hide, and we will hunt them down wherever they are.”
SANParks and the South African conservation fraternity continues to request the support and cooperation of all members of society in identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour that could lead to the apprehension and conviction of suspected poachers.
The suspects are due to appear in court soon and the charges are being formulated.
ISSUED BY : CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Since this capture, we have had Rhino poaching on one of the Game Farms in our area!