Thanks to the honesty of three men working on a remote cattle outpost, two of Botswana’s rare black rhinos are safely back where they belong. Map Ives went to thank them...
This week, Rhino Conservation Botswana’s director Map Ives and Regional Wildlife Officer Tim Blackbeard visited a remote cattle post in Makgadikgadi Pans to personally thank three men for helping to protect two black rhinos.
The men encountered the rhinos – a mother and her calf – while they were out following cattle and reported their presence to the authorities. (If you missed the story of the rhinos’ big adventure, catch up here.)
Map and Tim presented the three workers – Robert Time, Tendekani Seteng and Lesego Seakolo – with a ‘Rhino Guardian’ certificate of appreciation and a cash reward.
Map praised the men for their honesty and integrity. “Their remarkable actions show that they understand these rhinos belong to all Batswana. They could have ignored the rhinos, rather than report them. But they didn’t. They did something amazing.”
Map has no doubt that these rhinos were in danger from unscrupulous poachers, who would have shot them for their valuable horns. But throughout the operation to relocate the rhinos back to safety, the three men watched over the rhinos and made sure they did not fall into the hands of poachers.
Robert Time said that he and his friends knew the rhinos are very rare animals, and that they should take action to make sure they were not killed. He expressed the hope that other people would follow their example and look after Botswana’s precious wildlife for the next generation.
We can’t thank them enough – they are true heroes.