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A story of where it all began, the day a seed was planted and a dream of a safari was born. You may meet them at the start of their story, at times halfway through, and then on a fortunate occasion near the end. It is not that one story is greater than the other, but more so, it is where they are that makes it interesting.

I count myself fortunate to have met and guided Arthur and Shirley Pipp during the winter of ‘08. Art as we came to know him was a man with a story nearing its pinnacle. Together they had spent the greater part of fifty years traveling and hunting the world. A fair measure of this man and certainly one that would impress many, was his double grand slam on the sheep of the world – no small feat to say the very least. (more…)

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RHINO POACHED IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING 2010  = 188 and counting….

Yes, that’s an alarming figure. I’ve just received this information on my mobile via a Rhino Owners Protection Network. Do you realise that 1 Rhino is being poached in South Africa every 1 1/2 days.

But, first let us start at the beginning. I was not even born yet, it was the 1960′s and Rhino were being sold to private landowners for R150.00( at todays conversion of Rand/US$ =$ 20.40) delivered on your property. The neighbours would laugh at anyone so stupid to invest in something as simple as wildlife, but those simple beginnings later escalated into a world-renowned success story of wildlife in South Africa.

White Rhino

Since then White Rhino populations have made such a dramatic comeback, that hunting was once again allowed. Later, and in more recent years, Black Rhino was also relaunched into the hunting industry due to its successful comeback from the mere brink of extinction. Hunting as well as tourism on private land and national parks were to be congratulated on its success. South Africa had to be congratulated on finding a medium to utilize its Rhino resource. 

Then came the first signs of poaching during 2009. At first all concerned felt the few reported cases were coincidental and the risk would pass, but since then the situation has only worsened and continued. 

So where are we today? What effect has illegal poaching and utilization of Rhino horn had on you the hunter – conservationist, and the future of Rhino in South Africa?

Legal hunting of White Rhino is still allowed in South Africa. There has however been a 1 year national moratorium placed on the sale or export of Rhino horns. This moratorium does not affect trophy hunting, in fact its being put in place to protect legal hunters and to ensure that every legal hunt is conducted properly and that any horn exports are legal.

The legal hunting of Rhino, such as the hunt on this White Rhino bull, is a major contributor to the conservation of its species. It goes without saying, if it were not for legal international hunting, then the success story of Rhino in South Africa over the last 25 years would not have been possible.

Darting /Green Hunting of Rhino in South Africa is no longer permitted. This new darting regulation came after the Veterinary Council of South Africa stated that it would officially be unethical for veterinarians to be involved in darting safaris. Green Hunting has been a saviour in meeting the bill of escalating costs in protecting ones Rhino over the past 10 years. This benefit no longer applies to the private land owner who has to fit the bill for anti poaching teams, vehicles, surveillance and management of his/her Rhino population.

Green Hunting – A thing of the past. Or possibly the way of the future? Research indicates that Rhino can successfully be dehorned every 3 to 5 years. This could meet the demand from the East by legalised sales and combat the illegal poaching problem at hand.

You may ask what has Rhino poaching and a problem of this magnitude half way across the world in Africa have to do with you? Everyone of us can make a difference, no matter how small. May it be through creating awareness to others of the poaching problem or ensuring that you as a hunter supports the legal hunting of Rhino by going on safari to legally hunt a Rhino as part of your Big 5 collection.

John X Safaris challenges you or any organization to match our Donation of R500 (ZAR) to the STOP RHINO POACHING DRIVE. They have a very informative site and forms part of Wildlife Ranching South Africa, which is an organization that John X Safaris supports and are very proud to be members of.

 Visit www.stoprhinopoaching.com - Add your voice, Support the drive and Donate.  

Let's do our bit to ensure that we continue where the pioneers of the Rhino industry have got us to. Let's have future generations tell the story of success and not tragedy.

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Imagine the opportunity of hunting a White Rhino for a tenth of the price and being part of an innovative conservation initiative. Impossible? Never! Join us today…         

White Rhino

Over the course of the past 12 months Rhino poaching has once again threatened to burst out of control in Southern Africa. A demand driven by the East in the belief that Rhino Horn can be used as an aphrodisiac. In order to combat this growing problem and to protecting our Rhino populations on private land in South Africa, we have with Nature Conservation, seen the need to Micro Chip all Rhino where possible. In doing so we hope to form a  national register whereby all Rhino are registered in South Africa. In the event where poachers or dealers are caught trading with illegal horn, prosecuting authorities could trace Rhino from where it was poached and hopefully aid in the breaking up of poaching syndicates.        

For those who are not familiar with the Green Hunting concept, it entails the challenge of hunting the animal as you usually would, but instead of using a rifle as your weapon, you back yourself with a dart gun. Instead of taking  home a trophy, you take home your pictures and memories of the experience of reviving the animal to see it stand up and walk away. All Green Hunts take place in accordance with the Nature Conservation and is supervised under the watchful eye of a wildlife veterinarian ensuring the safety of the animal at all times.        

This past week saw Wendell Harsanyi join us on a Green Hunt for a White Rhino and Elephant to complete his Big 5 and help us in the management and conservation of these species on our reserve.        

Wendell got lucky on the first day of his safari,taking the opportunity when it presented itself. A good Elephant bull crossed his path.        

A happy Wendell with his Darted African Elephant.

 

Once the M99 Drug has taken effect and the Elephant is down, the team jumps into action recording important data on the animal.

 

It's always interesting to compare the size of Elephant Bull tracks throughout the areas we hunt in Southern Africa.

 

After the unbelievable start on day one it was a matter of time before our luck ran out. Day 2 saw us turn our attention to Rhino. Several approaches were made on various Rhino, but the Rhino always seemed to have the upper hand. If it wasnt the wind swirling, it was an Impala or Warthogs. Finally, after an exciting stalk and a well placed dart, Wendell had his Rhino and the accomplishment of completing his Big 5.         

The team arriving at Wendell's Rhino to find it lying down in an awkward position, potentially dangerous for the safety of the animal.

 

Using a winch to secure the Rhino into a better position.

 

Covering the Rhino's eyes for protection and completing identification photos.

 

This particular Rhino had been under suspicion due to a bullet like entry wound on its shoulder. This wound was first noticed by anti poaching in December 2009, since then the animal has shown no signs of discomfort and our Wildlife veterinarian felt no clear evidence was at hand to suggest that it could have been a bullet hole. A possible poaching attempt?

 

The team in action once again collecting data and checking Micro Chips with Nature Conservation Officer Quintus Handjeck.

 

Wendell and brother Charles taking a minute to enjoy a picture with Wendell's darted Rhino.

 

The Rhino getting back to its feet after the reversal drug had been administered to revive it.

 

Wendell's bull moving off after being revived, non the wiser to knowing what an important part it had played in the conservation of its species.

John X Safaris has a limited number of Rhino darts left for this season and next year. If there are any hunters who would like to be a part of this conservation initiative please contact us for open dates and rates.

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