With three rhinos killed every day for their horns in Africa, the South-western black rhino faces serious danger. However, community-driven and government-supported programmes have taken up the cause to address impending extinction.
Prinsloo returned home and hit the ground running alongside with the rhino rangers from the Conservancy Rhino Ranger Incentive Programme. Tracking rhinos on foot across rugged terrain and absorbing the effects of wildlife crime compounded by the drought, she gained a deeper understanding of the commitment needed to protect these critically endangered animals.
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Namibia is my home. It's the secret jewel of Mother Africa. It's also one of the most amazing places in the world, and the rhinos contribute to this sense of wonder. I grew up there and it is where my parents still live so this cause is very close to my heart. The opportunity to come home to see what is happening, to meet people caring for orphaned black and white rhinos, and to work with the trackers, rangers and communities to raise awareness is very important to me. Someday, I want to take my children to experience these animals in the wild.
"They've inspired us for generations; it's on us to help them now", she told The Namibian.
This was Prinsloo's first trip home in seven years and it provided an opportunity to chronicle this transformative journey in an effort to share the story of these incredible creatures and the amazing community of Namibians fighting for their survival.
Yaaasss! You nature queen.
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