Dalby man works to save rhinos

Dalby's Cameron Wheelehen has been working behind the scenes to save the black rhinos.
Dalby's Cameron Wheelehen has been working behind the scenes to save the black rhinos.

DALBY'S Cameron Wheelehen has just returned home from a life-changing experience on the frontline of the International Anti Poaching Foundation's fight to save the black rhinoceros from extinction.

Mr Wheelehen spent four weeks at the foundation's base near Victoria Point in Zimbabwe, providing support to the foundation's rangers in their efforts against poaching.

He said he was inspired after watching a 60 Minutes' documentary about the plight of the rhinos.

"After that I did a bit of looking things up on the net and a friend came to me thinking exactly the same thing."

During his tour, Mr Wheelehen helped with the preparation and teaching of lessons, patrolled with rangers, monitored wildlife movements and helped build improved foundation facilities.

He also got to see Africa's big five animals - the rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo.

"I also got to go to Victoria Falls and see one of the Seven Wonders of the World," he said.

"So I not only got to help out with the cause but see a few things myself."

In 1960 there were 100,000 black rhino roaming the earth. Today in Zimbabwe there are less than 450.

Topics:  rhinos

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