Daily Archives: May 28, 2016

WPC: Spare (A Thought for the Rhino)

This week’s photo challenge is on the theme of Spare in all it’s connotations.

  1. (adjective) Additional to what is required for ordinary use.
  2. (adjective) Elegantly simple.
  3. (verb) To refrain from harming.

As far as the first definition – this really does not apply – there are far too few Rhinos and certainly not additional to anything

The second definition applies in part to these amazing animals – simple grey colour and in it’s own sense elegantly designed. They are also extremely scarce in their landscape – so sparcely are they distributed having been hunted to near extinction.

The final definition is perhaps the most poignant -we should stop harming these creatures before it’s too late.

These photos taken from our trip to Uganda last year – not in the wild sadly but in a Zoo – one which seeks to bring ordinary Ugandans face to face with their own wildlife and to educate them on the threats to their wildlife. There are very few Rhinos left in East Africa where once 500,000 Rhinos existed there are now 29,000 or so. In Uganda the White Rhino was wiped out and is only now being re-introduced.