We traveled to Africa solely to shoot for sport, and we weren’t leaving until we had shot each of the “big 5” – that included the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. We were fully loaded, though unlike your typical African game hunter we were not carrying rifles – our weapon of choice was instead loaded with film, and our hardest decision was choosing which lens to shoot with.
The opportunities for wildlife photography in Africa were absolutely unbelievable, and we were surrounded by free roaming wildlife throughout the whole trip. We fell asleep each evening to the sound of hyenas scavenging our campsite, monkey’s and baboons raiding our tents, and stray elephants drinking from our campsite water tanks.
We rose early to capture shots of leopards lazing in the tallest trees, witnessed lions rip apart a gazelle during a feed, and watched in awe as the great migration caused a cyclonic dust storm with their stampede.
Though despite our best efforts to spot each of the Big 5, one animal managed to allude us. Hunted almost to the point of extinction, the Rhino is the hardest African animal to spot in the wild.
Normally we would simply vow to return, though with Rhino deaths steadily on the rise, even if we do make it back to Africa, the sad fact is we may never see one in our lifetime. And you may never see one in yours.
Over 1,020 rhinos were killed in South Africa during 2014, and at this rate the rhino will be extinct in the wild within the next 20 years. We have reached a tipping point where we lose more rhinos to poaching than at which the present population can breed.
As such we have joined #JustOneRhino – a fundraiser run by Travelers Building Change. This is a movement which was seen over 120 travel bloggers and more than 20 eco-conscious travel brands join together to promote awareness for the rhino poaching crisis, and raise money to airlift rhinos from the poacher ridden plains of South Africa into highly protected areas in Botswana.
The #JustOneRhino campaign aims to raise $45,000 – the cost of translocating #JustOneRhino. Every donation earns a raffle ticket to win one of more than 20 incredible travel prizes valued at $30,000!
A small donation will not only help to save these beautiful animals from extinction, but also put you in the running for a safari in South Africa, a voyage through the Galapagos Islands, a spa retreat in Nicaragua, luxury getaways in Barbados and South East Asia, and so much more!
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Learn more about the Rhino poaching crisis:
– Current Rhino Poaching Statistics: http://wessa.org.
– National Geographic Story on RWB: http://news.
– Interview With Rhinos Without Borders Founder Dereck Joubert: http://
– Telegraph UK Story: Time Is Running Out To Save the Rhinos- http://www.telegraph.
– Conservation Magazine Story: What Will Happen When the Rhinos Are Gone?- http://
– Endangered Species Spotlight: Black Rhino (why they’re endangered, what’s being done to save them, where you can see them)- http://