Images & Text by Anja Riise
This past Saturday, Madikwe Game Reserve hosted its second annual Rhino Walk, to raise awareness of the species’ situation. Last year, 1175 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, mostly for the alleged medicinal properties of their horns. They are thought to cure anything from a common cold to cancer, as well as enhancing sexual performance. Since the horns are made up of the same material as fingernails and hair, this belief is of course utter nonsense, something which has been proven scientifically a long time ago. However, tradition is difficult to crush and if something is expensive, it also becomes a status symbol and measure of wealth.