Rhino Tears - media trip to Kruger

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We've just returned from a media trip to Kruger with our good friends from Rhino Tears. We were there to spread the word about the amazing work that is done by the team tackling the was on rhino poaching head on, and we were privileged, honoured and humbled to see what they do on a day to day basis.

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One of the highlights was when the veterinary team (above) tracked down a rhino that had been (non-fatally) shot by poachers. They darted it, sorted out its wounds, took DNA samples and microchipped its horn, before setting it free to fight another day.

The vets hard at work getting DNA samples.

The vets hard at work getting DNA samples.

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Another highlight was when we got to meet the dog teams, who sniff, track and hunt down poachers. These little legends have had a huge success rate in helping the rangers catch them. Yay dogs!

The fox hounds, with their handler, Richard. These guys go on high speed pursuits of poachers, followed up by helicopters.

The fox hounds, with their handler, Richard. These guys go on high speed pursuits of poachers, followed up by helicopters.

Gladys (!) who sniffs out ammunition and poached wildlife

Gladys (!) who sniffs out ammunition and poached wildlife

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Jaco, who definitely won the award for Ranger Banter

Jaco, who definitely won the award for Ranger Banter

Die man met die plan - John Hooper from Mount Vernon Wines

Die man met die plan - John Hooper from Mount Vernon Wines

From every bottle sold, R15 goes directly to Unite Against Poaching and the Honorary Rangers, for the war against rhino poaching.

See here some of the media coverage in the Sunday Times and Cape Times.

All photos by Ravi Gajjar.

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The last day - a sad goodbye to new friends

The last day - a sad goodbye to new friends