Rhinos are our very own little dinosaurs! They can be 6' tall and 11' long! They range in weight from 1800-5100 pounds. A group of rhinos is called a crash. Seems appropriate, doesn't it? They have thick but sensitive skin. If you touch between their folds, their skin is as soft as a newborn baby's skin! While their eyesight is poor, their hearing and smell more than make up for it. The rhino's closest relatives are zebras and horses.
There are five species of rhino with three being critically endangered. Did you know there are fewer than 2500 Southern Black Rhino left in the wild in the world? Every 19 hours a rhino is killed by poachers for its horn. As of this writing, there are only 2 female Northern White Rhinos left in the world. These magnificent beings have been around since before man. They deserve their spot here in this world.
We recently had the privilege of spending the night at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. Until you have spent a night down at the waterhole, you are missing something! While there, we took a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the park. We saw a mother rhino with her three month old male calf. What a wondrous thing to experience!
When I speak with wild animals, I always connect first with their representative in heaven then I connect with a living being on earth.
As the representative came into my office, she could not get through the door. In my mind, I literally saw her smash through one side of the door and the wall that was there.
Representative of Species:
How thankful we are for this opportunity today, Lacey. We need to get our message out to all who will listen. I am aware you were dreading connecting today as you are aware of our treatment throughout the wild world in Africa. We have been decimated by poachers and this is the truth. Our horns are so valued in the Asian world. It is not right. It is not fair. All of this being said, I do not want to focus on that for this message. I want to commend those who are out fighting the fight for us when we cannot. I want to commend all those who are so active and working so very hard for our sheer survival.
I am aware you were at a wildlife center recently. I am aware of the awe in your heart for our majesty. This is happening for us more and more as conservationists see us for who we are. We have been around this planet for far longer than man. It is our birthright to stay. Thank you to all who are fighting the good fight. Thank you to all who are each day becoming aware and helping in any way that you can. You are seen, even from here. You are making a difference. I would ask that you each keep going.
A baby rhino came charging in to my office! In all my connecting with wild animals, I have not spoken with a baby of any species!
Hello! I am happy to be here! I live in a reserve in Africa. I have a great life there. I have been told that I am not safe off the reserve and my people here work tirelessly protecting me and my Mom. The reserve is quite large and we have fun here. We have plenty of places to roam. There is plenty of food and there is plenty of water. I love the water! I like to lay in it but Mom stays on me because of the other animals who live in the water. They are not a big threat to her but they can be for me so I get to have fun for just a short time, not near as long as I would like.
I am learning many things now. My Mom teaches me how to live. The people here have painted my horns pink. My Mom has told me it is to protect me because there are other people who want my horns. I cannot stay alive without my horns so I am happy that those other people don't like pink. I don't understand why anyone would want my horn, whether it is painted or not. They cannot use it. It is too heavy to attach to them. I am aware this is how I am uniquely made by Creator. Why would somebody want to take that away from me?
I don't think about it much anymore because I know and trust that my people here are protecting me. I am very important because my species is in danger at this time. My survival, and the survival of my Mom, mean that my species can continue. Someday, I will have babies myself and I will help to ensure that we go on as well. I hope that they do not have to have their horns painted by then. I hope that people understand that they are our birthright and that there is room for all of us.
I honored both rhinos before they left. The baby told me she was an old soul. She had chosen to come back as Rhino in order to help the species. That takes great courage with what they are fighting right now. They are unable to defend themselves against the firepower that man has. Man cowardly sits in the bush and ambushes them, many times taking their horns while they are alive before leaving the animal to die and bleed out. These are majestic animals that WE have the power to save.
I would like to suggest a good book to you if you are trying to understand the battle of the conservationists to save this wonderful creature but I want to forewarn you, it is not feel-good reading for the most part, The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures by Lawrence Anthony. This book will pull at your heartstrings and educate you about conservation in Africa. Rhino has had my heart for a long time. After reading this book, these hardworking conservationists have my heart as well. God bless them all.
This is an ongoing series on my blog. I speak with domesticated animals on a very regular basis. Each time I speak with a wild animal, I am humbled, truly humbled, by their dignity and grace. We are so blessed to share this planet with them. Please help me to help them to spread their messages. Please share this post!