May 23, 2016
A Rhino’s Horn
- as seen by -Kathy Brady http://www.wolfeyesphotography.com
Being able to take photos of rhinos is truly an honor, but it is also a very sobering experience from what I know about the current state of the species.
I photographed two southern white rhinoceros brothers living at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. White rhinos have two horns (above), and sadly, their horns are their demise in some parts of the world.
Superstition and false stories of magical cures drive the demand for rhino horn. Some people believe, incorrectly, that the horn has health benefits. Made of keratin (the same material as hair and fingernails), its best use is on a rhino.
It is hard to imagine a world without these gentle giants, second in size only to elephants.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of our top submissions from our Wild View It’s All Black and White Assignment.
Canon EOS SL1, 55-250mm Telephoto Lens