Spotted on Safari : Limelight on Rhinos

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 18/09/2018
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  • “The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.”
    ~ David Attenborough

     

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Bushra Sultan

    In honour of World Rhino Day, for this week’s ‘Spotted on Safari’ we have selected some of our favourite images of rhinos, taken at several game reserves in Kenya, by our experienced driver-guides, as well as some of our team, who have a keen eye for photography. We hope you enjoy seeing them.

    World Rhino Day, which is celebrated every year on the 22 September, highlights all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Joseph Wangombe

    An alarming fact is that in 1960, there were more than 2,000 northern white rhinos in Africa. Today, there are only 2 of them remaining. Sadly the last male of the subspecies, Sudan, died earlier this year on  March 19, 2018. He was the father and grandfather of the two remaining rhinos, who are held in captivity in Kenya with round-the-clock armed security against poaching.

    Here are some more images taken by our colleagues in various parts of Kenya.

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Bushra Sultan

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Bushra Sultan

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Imtiaz Rehemtullah

    World Rhino Day

    Photo credit: Joseph Okollah

    The rhino is truly a magnificent animal and it is sad to see the numbers declining, mainly due to the poaching of rhinos for their horns as well as  habitat loss.  Both these factors are huge threats to both white and black rhinos.

    We hope that seeing these wonderful images by colleagues has inspired you to want to go on safari, and enjoy seeing these endangered animals yourself, and to help, we have some amazing itineraries available.

    We would love to work with you to plan the safari holiday of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000, or visit our website here:

    https://www.somak.com/kenya-safari

    If you have been on safari with us and have some wonderful photos of lions to share we would love to see them! Share them on Instagram and tag #OnSafariwithSomak or share them on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/somakholidays/ 

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