Brave Thandi gets the better of rhino poachers

One of the horrors we deal with on a daily basis

Janet Carr @

UPDATE: Thandi gave birth to a baby rhino yesterday at 8.50am. The little one may have to have its horn removed as a pre-emptive measure if the poaching problem continues to increase, although often the poachers take revenge on these ones despite them having no horn to remove. Read the nature reserve’s report of the birth

Read Thandi’s story below.



South Africa has a terrible incidence of rhino poaching. There are sites with statistics but I find them too depressing reading. Up to 9 rhinos a day are killed for their horn, which is then sold on the black market in Asia for more money than gold. It is (falsely) believed to cure cancer, beat impotence and all kinds of ailments plus bring luck. One rhino horn can sell for a quarter of a million US dollars in Vietnam.

The numbers of rhino being killed is rising substantially…

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