Gold / 2018 / Nature / Wildlife

The Return of the Rhino

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Wildlife, Silver in Press/Nature/Environmental, 3rd Place winner in Press
  • Photographer
    Neil Aldridge

Across Africa, rhinos are fighting for survival. By 1960, poaching had decimated Africa’s 300,000-strong white rhino population – fewer than 100 survived. Poachers then shifted their attention to black rhinos. By 1992, there were no wild rhinos left in Botswana.After a brief recovery, poachers have been killing more than three rhinos every day in South Africa alone since 2008. All of this killing is to feed the demand for rhino horn amongst a growing middle class in the Far East, where it is believed – wrongly – that the product has medicinal properties.With South Africa championing consumptive use of rhinos, Botswana could be their last hope. One team is working to increase and protect populations of black and white rhinos in Botswana. This is both the story of the return of the rhino to Botswana and how the country is leading the recovery of these species amidst a global poaching crisis.

Neil Aldridge is a conservationist, photographer, lecturer at Falmouth University, World Press winner, chair of the World Press Nature & Environment jury, and a trustee of the charity Animals Saving Animals.