by Abigail Coetzer
Being custodians of white rhinos at Mantis Founders Lodge, rhinos hold a special place in the hearts of the Mantis team. We also place a lot of emphasis on rhino conservation because rhinos are part of a much bigger picture for the planet than most may realise.
Rhinos are prehistoric in that they have changed very little since the rhino family emerged nearly 60 million years ago. A recent DNA study revealed that there were over 100 rhino species previously roaming the earth in Africa, Eurasia, and North and Central America.
Africa has long been the last remaining stronghold for free-roaming rhinos and this could be linked to the abundance of other grass-eating animals, like zebra and wildebeest, that are synonymous with African safaris. To understand why, we only need examine what will happen if rhinos were lost to our precious planet.