While it’s crucial to voice our concerns about rhino poaching to our elected officials, it wouldn’t be possible without all the activists and filmmakers who dedicate their time raising awareness and informing the public. This is especially true in the United States, a country that, surprisingly, has the second-highest consumption of rhino products in the world.
So when Garth de Bruno Austin, the director of photography of a feature documentary called Disunity, was tasked with filming rhinos in South Africa, he knew how important it was to convey the urgency of protecting this endangered species.
What he didn’t realize was that, despite their wild and often territorial nature, rhinos could also be affectionate. Thankfully, he experienced that firsthand in the funniest way!
Garth noted on Instagram that it was “completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her.”
He asks the public, “Please think about the fact that if we can’t save this iconic species from extinction, then what will we be able to save?” Rhinos are truly one of the world’s more precious animals, and it’s horrible that they are so close to extinction. As long as people like Garth continue to spread the love that rhinos give, hopefully fewer people will buy rhino products and more will work to save them.
Credit: Chantelle Melzer
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