Updated: May 9
One white rhino in particular stands out as a beacon of optimism, the poster rhino for what humans can achieve when they collaborate.
After 30 operations and with the support and coordination of three organisations, dozens of volunteers, and hundreds of donors, Say-huh-woo-kay-lay —which means "God have pity on us" —returned to the wild in the pristine Marataba Game Reserve in South Africa.
The story begins when in 2014, poachers removed his horns and gouged out half of his face. The creator of Saving the Survivors, Johan Marais, would not allow him to be euthanized. Luckily for, Seha, he came upon a man who was adamant about not giving up!
Due to Marais, who was able to restore just enough of the bull's skull after thirty treatments and six years, this massive rhino is still standing.
"What is your most important wish?" Helena Kriel, the founder of the international NGO Baby Rhino Rescue, asked him when they met. "To get Seha back into the wild," Marais replied.
Baby Rhino Rescue launched "Seha's Fund."
After hearing a story of terrible agony and resilience, people felt obligated to help.
Seha, who was crucial to the species due to his potent genes, also requires females.
Two juvenile girls purchased by Baby Rhino Rescue will accompanied Seha into the wild.
Their names are Tshilidzi — chill-leed-zee, which means "Grace" — and Dakalo, which means "Joy."
Seha is accompanied by Grace and Joy as he begins his new life.
Seha is a symbol for the darkest qualities of human nature: our greed and darkness.
But he also represents the best that humanity has to offer: love and the will to make things right.
Seha also represents the tenacity of a species that must not perish.
Despite the fact that rhino horn has been illegal for medicinal purposes since 1993, poaching rhinos for their horns continues to be a problem. Traditional Chinese medicine has used rhino horn to treat gout, rheumatism, fever, headaches, vomiting, food poisoning, and typhoid. It is also said to have aphrodisiac properties.
The horn is powdered or chopped into slivers, then dissolved in hot water and eaten.
Despite the fact that there is no proof that rhino horn has therapeutic benefits, many individuals believe it does, fueling demand.
What You Can Do To Help
What are some measures for preventing rhino poaching? Sign petitions to let others know you support rhino conservation. Use your social media accounts to help spread the word. Another way to help is to look for and support organisations dedicated to the conservation of these animals, such as anti-rhino poaching donations.
Why Are Rhinos Being Poached?
Rhino poaching is being driven by the desire for rhino horn, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine and for other purposes by people in Asian countries. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same material found in cockatoo bills, turtle beaks, and horse hooves. Rhino horn keratin contains amino acids such as cysteine, arginine, lysine, tyrosine, and histidine, as well as ions such as calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate. Unlike an antelope, a rhino's horn is not attached to its head and will continue to grow throughout its life.
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