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Photographer's Note

It was a pleasure to stay at Erindi for a couple of days this week (it was our 40th Wedding Anniversary!) It痴 always a privilege to see wildlife in its natural habitat and I salute those who spend their lives protecting the animals and their environment for future generations. This shot was taken late in the day when a single rhino wandered across the track we were taking. A magical moment.

The 79,000 hectare game reserve Erindi (place of water) is home to approximately 1500 animals (some as small as a mouse) including the critically endangered white and black rhino.

At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. This fell to 70,000 by 1970 and further to just 29,000 in the wild today. Despite this bleak picture, and the continuing threat of poaching for their valuable horns, global rhino population figures have been increasing in recent years.

Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,300 in 1993. Thanks to the persistent efforts of conservation programs across Africa black rhino numbers have risen since the early 1990s to a current population of 5,055.

Erindi may have the largest rhino population in Namibia situated on one reserve, our guide was not keen to tell us just how many roamed in safety but 2013 figures indicate a population of approximately 100

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