Thursday, May 19, 2005

Clover and Bok-Bok

...are a rhino and a goat, both lonely and abandoned animals, who have become friends on a South African game park. Clover is a 11-month old female rhino calf whose mother was killed by poachers. They play at butting heads.
Clover is a lucky survivor of Africa's wildlife wars.
She was orphaned at the age of three months at a reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province when her mother was poached.
Rhinos are targeted in Africa and Asia for their horns, which fetch high prices in Yemen where they are prized for dagger handles and in east Asia where they are used in traditional medicines.
The poaching of the thick-skinned titans is relatively rare in South Africa but a disturbing recent incident has raised alarm bells in the conservation community.
In early May five white rhinos and several other animals were fatally poisoned in a South African nature reserve - a sinister and indiscriminate new tactic.