Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Memorial to a species

18 October 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Wildlife Trade News

© Brent Stirton

Born Free praises the winner of this year’s Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Memorial to a species, by photojournalist Brent Stirton, captures a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

Born Free Co-Founder Virginia McKenna OBE said: “I really admire the judges for choosing this as the winner. Even after mutilation and death this extraordinary animal possesses a beauty that its shameful killer can never attain.”

Black rhinos are spread across 10 sub-Saharan African countries, and with a total population of just over 5,000, are critically endangered. Although there are many reasons why rhino numbers have dropped so sharply in recent years, poaching to supply rhino horn into lucrative illegal Asian markets is the biggest threat to their survival. 

Rhino horns change hands for the equivalent of 10s of thousands of dollars per kg, and organised criminal networks have turned rhino poaching into an industry, defying local and international laws and trade bans. Some 7,000 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa alone over the past decade.

Born Free works tirelessly to protect rhinos. To help with this work, the book Remembering Rhinos will be launched by Born Free’s Co-Founder and President, Will Travers OBE, and Margot Raggett, its creator, on 1st November at the Royal Geographical  Society in London. An exhibition will also be held at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London, from 30th October to 11th November 2017, at which copies of the book and images can be purchased. 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping the Remembering Rhinos team, Born Free and its partners protect rhinos in the wild.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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