The recent killing of nine white rhinos on a private farm in South Africa has hit the headlines in the UK’s Daily Mail, with the tabloid featuring the tragic story prominently on its online site.
Wildlife television presenter and filmmaker Bonné de Bod (50/50; Rhino Blog) and filmmaker Susan Scott – both of whom are working on a feature length documentary about rhino poaching called STROOP – to be released in 2018 – were contacted by the Daily Mail earlier this week and supplied details and photographs of the massacre.
It transpired that four of the female rhinos that were killed were pregnant while another two and left two baby rhinos orphaned. The images are truly distressing and the Daily Mail pre-empted their article with a warning to its readers.
Says de Bod: “To have international media featuring the rhino poaching crisis prominently says so much about the importance that the international media place on our rhinos and the ensuing slaughter. The write-up has had a massive reach, and comments they have received from their readers show the extent of the concern for our rhinos.
“It is vital to shine a spotlight on this crisis and I am pleased the Daily Mail gave it such a prominently featured space next to their other high-impact stories,” she adds.
For more on the feature and the images taken in aftermath of the killings, go to: