MORE THAN 5,000 RHINOS HAVE BEEN POACHED IN SOUTH AFRICA SINCE 2010. ONE RHINO IS KILLED EVERY 6 HOURS. RHINOS WILL BE EXTINCT IN THE WILD BY 2024, IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW.

 

Is it need or is it greed

A poem by Ray Dearlove

 

Today a poacher died

Not of sickness nor disease

He was shot while another rhino horn he tried to seize

 

On bail he was. For what crime you ask?

Why? He shot an orphan rhino. Sabi was his name

A little fellow whose front legs had been hacked

His Mum yet another helpless victim of the poaching

His courage and cheeky attitude had brought him a wee bit of fame

 

The poacher worked the farm where

Sabi lived Sabi knew him and ran to him - as littlies do

The poacher, callous and cruel, shot him dead

And dug his tiny horns from his head

 

For thirty pieces of silver

 

Tonight another poacher will take his chances

They’ll hit the rhinos at the nearby ranches

His family of seven all need food. He has no job.

A first for him, he’ll join this killing mob

 

But first to the witchdoctor to be smeared with muti

Nobody can see them, nobody can hear them

Now protected from all of the dangers

From lions and leopards and the guns of rangers

 

They walk and they run. It seems like hours

But they are ok, for they have the muti powers

 

Now they see it, the rhino’s midden

It is a big one – see her horn

Very soon it will be sawn

 

Hear the shot, see her fall

His hands are shaking, he saws and saws

His hands are bloody, her face is raw

 

Back at home his young wife waits

Her caring man has met his fate

He did his best, but now he’s gone

We need to eat, next time I’ll send my son

 

Ray Dearlove,

August 18, 2016

 

 

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