The picture was taken in the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve,
South Africa, and shows worker Lynne McTavish grieving for a rhino on
the reserve who had been tragically killed by poachers. Imgur user
Speldhurst, who shared this powerful photograph, said,
“I have met this woman and her team and they sacrifice everything they
have daily in the fight against poachers. I have seen them care for the
very rhinos that are now dead; with hourly patrols, daily counts and
countless checkups. Their selflessness and extraordinary kindness are
like nothing else I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”
A 9-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf made her debut at the San
Diego Zoo Safari Park today, under the watchful eye of her attentive
mother. The pair came out of the Park’s maternity corral, and mother
Alta led her calf around the Safari Park’s 40-acre Asian Plains habitat.
While the calf walked, a layer of young, pink skin could be spied
underneath the folds of her thickening, armor-like, dark gray top layer
of skin. More info.
When the Sumatran rhino isn’t eating or patrolling its territory, it spends most of its time in wallows, spending anything from one to five hours taking mud baths. If the rhino cannot find a natural mud hole, it will use its horn and feet to deepen and expand puddles. Wallowing not only helps keep the rhino cool and free from parasites, it is vital to the animals’ health. Captive rhinos who were not provided with wallows quickly began to suffer from pustules, skin inflammations, eye problems, inflamed nails, and hair loss, all of which can become so severe that the animal will die.
The Sumatran rhinoceros is actually the closest living relative to one of the world’s most well-known of the Ice Age megafauna, the woolly rhinoceros (last image). This horned giant ranged all across Eurasia, from Korea all the way to Spain, and survived the last Ice Age before dying out 10 000 years later. Originally this close relationship was only theorised due to the two animals’ similar woolly coats, but recent DNA analyses have proven that the two are sister species. Some theories maintain that, in addition to global climate change, the woolly rhino was driven to extinction by over-hunting by humans, ironically the same thing that threatens the Sumatran rhino today.