Save the Rhino
If this serious problem is not abated, these wonderful creatures could sadly be extinct in the wild by 2026. For animal lovers, this is surely an alarming thought?
Interestingly, the Kingdom of Swaziland is known worldwide for its continued efforts to save the rhino and the country's strong political preventative legislation has been invaluable in highlighting the problem and preventing poaching.
Swaziland's rhino protection is unmatched by any other country. In 2015, Swaziland celebrates the 50th anniversary of the white rhino reintroduction to the country. Both black and white rhino were absent from Swaziland for nearly 70 years until 1965, when the first pair of white rhinos were reintroduced to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
During the 'Rhino Wars' (1988-1992) sadly, around 100 rhinos were killed by poachers in the country. Since then just 3 rhinos have been poached in Swaziland. The country achieves this conservation success as a result of the Game Act. This is a wonderful achievement.
For visitors, Swaziland's Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve offer some of the most amazing places in Africa to spot both black and white rhinos in the wild. Visitors can experience tracking rhino on foot and due it its anti-poaching success, rhino here are less cautious, and more importantly, safe from poachers.
On the subject of rhinos, did you know that they have poor eyesight, but a keen sense of smell and hearing? This possibly explains why they charge at various objects including trees as a perceived threat!
To find out more about visiting unique Swaziland and of course, supporting rhino conservation efforts, please telephone the UK office on 0115 972 7250.