You guys have no idea how long I’ve had this collage saved on my phone, I made it so long ago with the purpose of showing an impactful comparison. I never shared it because it was never the perfect time or I just couldn’t find the right caption I wanted for this collage, until now. Sudan’s death has left me with a broken heart. Ever since I saw the top photo for the very first time, I became attached to Sudan and the rangers protecting him. In his honor, I ask you to spread awareness and educate others about the negative effects of hunting, trophy hunting and poaching.
Sudan was the last known male northern white rhino left in the world. He died Monday night. Sudan was under 24 hour protection by armed guards because rhinos are targeted by poachers who are fueled by greed. Now, only two female northern white rhinos remain, the last of their kind on Earth.
Although I love the protection these animals are receiving from these brave rangers, I ask you to keep in mind that this is a symbol of how we treat nature. Beautiful animals who roamed a large part of central Africa and we took them to the brink of extinction. It’s heartbreaking to witness the manifestation of human greed in the wiping out of these majestic animals. How many more species that we share this earth with will fall the same way before we understand the enormity of what we are doing?
Wild animals are being killed by hunters and organized criminals who want to sell their body parts or hang their body parts on their walls as trophies. Criminals who are looking for easy cash while threatening to wipe some of the most vulnerable species off the face of the earth. Poachers and hunters are one of the biggest threat to many wild animals like elephants, rhinos, tigers, sea turtles, lemurs and gorillas.
•Illegal trade of wild animal body parts is one of the biggest threats to wild animals.
•There are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild.
•Rhino poaching in South Africa increased from 13 rhinos in 2007 to 1,215 rhinos in 2014.
•Around 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year.
•1,000 rangers are estimated to have been killed in ten years while protecting wildlife.