a four man anti poaching team is tasked with guarding the ol pejeta conservancy’s four remaining northern white rhinos. with only eight left, it is the world’s most endangered species. located in the laikipia district of kenya, ol pejeta conservancy is also the largest sanctuary for the black rhino. fewer than four thousand are estimated to remain.
the rise in asia’s middle class has meant that demand for rhino horn has soared, with prices on the black market exceeding that of gold and cocaine. with an increase in poaching in ol pejeta, the anti poaching team now provides twenty four hour armed protection for the rhinos, and has developed a close relationship with the animals.
poachers will track rhinos from helicopters, darting them from above and then hacking off the horn and part of the face with a chainsaw. the animals are often left to suffer and die. the rhinos seen here were found wandering in unimaginable pain, but with timely veterinary supervision remarkably survived. the rhino in the left of the fourth picture, however, had a four week old calf who, without his mother, subsequently died of dehydration.
to protect the rhinos and deter poachers, veterinarians will remove much of the animal’s horn. the rhino are anesthetized, and suffer no trauma. the horn is not like an elephant’s tusk, and will grow back in a few years.
This makes me so sad.
this is just terrible, this makes me sad. :(
I FUCKING HATE SO MANY PEOPLE. Look how beautiful they are! They’ll be gone soon, thanks to humans.
I went to Albert’s show in Seattle and it was so fucking great!
I was front and center, he made funny, cute faces when we made eye contact when I took pictures
I met him after the show!
I was able to snag a setlist, a guitar pick, I bought a record which he signed, and we got to talk a little!
He was so cute and so sweet.
"I saw you singing along to all my songs, I wanted to kiss you on the cheek."
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
I also told him how much his work means to me and we exchanged a hug. Basically, best night ever.
I didn’t take a picture because I wanted other people to have a chance since he was kinda rushing, but the words we exchanged and the short time we talked was more than enough.
I’m very happy and everything exceeded my wildest dreams. :3
Pictures on their way. :)