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September 18, 2012

Fascinating photo of the day: Extremely rare white rhino flanked by bodyguards


From PictureCorrect: "There are only seven (7) white rhinos left in the entire world. This one lives in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy of Kenya and has been assigned his own team of heavily armed bodyguards to keep him safe from from poachers and whatever else might want to cause him harm. They also removed his horn to further deter poachers. His name is Baraka and he reportedly loves people and is very friendly. Right now he’s about 40 years old, sources say he could live to be as old as 80."

[via Jody]

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There's a key word missing: northern - see the Wikipedia entry on northern white rhino for the backstory on the pic above


The southern white rhino here in southern Africa is at threat (IUCN near threatened) numbering less than 20,000 and with recent very heavy poaching being an ongoing news story here in South Africa. But recent estimates I've read suggest populations are more or less stable unless poaching escalates further. Black rhino are in really deep s&%t here too though, with the global population at less than 5,000, heavy poaching, slow reproduction, and the western subspecies already extinct:

Posted by: D | Sep 19, 2012 2:19:11 AM

how much to hire those dudes?

Posted by: sherlock | Sep 18, 2012 10:52:00 PM

awwwww. I love the way the guy is gently scratching his flank. Now that's the feel good story I needed today.

Posted by: tamra | Sep 18, 2012 2:50:51 PM

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