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Rhino Wars

Photographer

Brent Stirton

Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic

05 April, 2016

Sabie Game Park Village Police member Nomsa Nduvane (38) sits in her home in Macacasar, on the Mozambique-South Africa border. The village has been known to shelter poachers running from the authorities. Nduvane walks more than 21 kilometers of game fence every few days, as part of an initiative set up by the anti-poaching team at Sabie Game Park.

Demand in Asia for rhino horn—traditionally valued for its medicinal properties—is rising steeply, as increasing prosperity in the region means more people can afford to pay the extremely high prices involved. This puts growing pressure on a species already threatened with extinction. In 2007, South Africa, home to 70 percent of the world’s rhinos, reported losing just 13 to poachers%3B by 2015 that had risen to 1,175. Unlike elephant tusks, rhino horn grows back when cut properly. Rhino rancher John Hume is among those attempting to end the international ban on trading in rhino horn, and to farm rhinos commercially, a move fiercely opposed by conservationists, who say a legal trade could doom rhinos.

About

Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a special correspondent for Getty Images, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine as well as other international titles.  He speci...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/125
Focal length
35.0 mm
F-Stop
1.4
ISO
250
Camera
Canon EOS-1D X

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