A short-tailed Bateleur eagle is balancing on the wind currents while two black rhino rush past the Umbrella Acacia under which Truman Ndlovu is briefing us. On the full moon in July, two poachers were killed by field rangers nearby in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park’s Nqolothi section. Another three poachers who had escaped were arrested by police soon after in a combined operation with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a governmental group responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas in KwaZulu-Natal. The previous weekend, six rhinos were killed and dehorned in the park’s Mbuzane area. For Ndlovu, head of security for Thanda Safari and former head ranger, their multi-pronged response to conserving the rhino and other wildlife population is paying dividends. "Our rangers are dedicated day and night to protecting our wildlife", he says, while we watch how the rhino being chased had a lucky break when the chaser was distracted by our presence. Rhinos also kill one another in their territo...

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