The National Park of Matobo, one of the most important places and little valued of Zimbabwe, is the home of some of the landscapes more majestic granite in the world. It is also one of the best places to see white and black rhinos, although their population is not very prolific due to the terrible onslaught of poaching.
Its stunning landscape, seems of another world; with giant rocks balance, known as kopjes. This UNESCO world heritage site is regarded as the spiritual home of this nation, according to LonelyPlanet.
The surface of the park is 44.500 acres and is located 34 kilometres south of Bulawayo along the road Qazi/Maphisa, according to Zimparks.org.
This is an extensive area of protection intensive for black and white rhino, both in danger of extinction. The absence of large predators in this protected area makes it easier to do walking safaris and photographing the rinos just 50 metres away.
Nature lovers would be happy to visit a place like this: rich in historical and cultural sites, in addition to offering a range of outdoor activities, as well as a space of tranquility in a natural environment, free of contamination, says Zimpaks.
But what is more important is the experience of sighting these beautiful prehistoric animals that have spent several million years on the Earth. Probably this opportunity may not last too long, as currently there are only 30,000 copies, and the poaching is killing them, according to an article in The Country.
The main attraction in danger
For visitors it is a bit strange that when you enter the park of Matobo are prompted to disconnect the system GPS location of the mobile. This is a protective measure, since there are traffickers of rhino horns entering the social networks in search of photographs taken by tourists, to locate the rhinos are animals territorialistas and usually hover around near those locations.
Although it may seem incredible, do all of this because a rhino horn, in the asian market may be worth up to us $ 100,000 per kilo. These gains move one of the black markets most lucrative, powerful and unscrupulous of the world,according to the publication.
“All worth it when a horn of two or three pounds can reach up to half a million dollars. It kills, bribes, threatens, corrupts,” says the note.
This traffic feeds the black market for traditional asian medicine, especially Vietnam and China, where it is said that the horn powder is beneficial, although it has not been proven scientifically, according to an article in LeMonde.
According to Dani Serralta, a Spanish fight against poaching together with the rangers in the Hwange national park, Zimbabwe, is easy to kill a rhino. These animals are animals so noble, that does not flee in the presence of humans, especially the white, says THE Country.
Poachers use any technique that is unconscionable. Sometimes you just leave them wounded and cut off the horn even in life. “Agony was terrible. Once you have started the horn, mounted on trucks, bribe who you have to bribe and introduced into Mozambique from where it is sent by plane to Vietnam. In 48 hours, is pulverized, and available in shops in the asian market,” said Serralta.
Faced with this terrible situation, the environmental authorities have taken drastic measures such as cutting off the horns of rhinos in order to avoid that will kill them. This is a disincentive to reduce the potential value they could get the poachers, says Lisa Marabini, director of Aware Trust Zimbabwe (ATZ), according to Le Monde.
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“At the beginning of the TWENTIETH century was half a million of the five types of rhinos that have reached our days. Today the indian rhino are left to 3,500; of Sumatra, less than 100; the of Java, about 58 in the park Ujung Kulong. And of the two african species: 20.000 white and 5,500 in the black. Only in south Africa, poachers annually kill more than a thousand rhinos”, reports The Country.
The rangers of the park in Motobo, armed with old rifles, to watch over and protect the place, but this is not enough against the ruthless ambition of people who do not realize what it means to kill a life, so be it that of an animal.
I wish I recobremos as a humanity to the consciousness of our close relationship with nature and the urgent need to protect it. Not only are we connected to it, we depend on the natural environment in which each one of us had to live to be able to do so. If we destroy lives in that way, what will happen in the future with the world?