In the early twentieth century, rhino populations in Africa and Asia had an approximate worldwide population of 500,000. By 2011, the Western black rhino had been declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and only 29,000 rhinos exist in the wild in total.
The Ranger from our visits in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve of Kruger National Park suggested that I use my GoPro to film footage of dangerous, predatory species by sticking my hand out of the safety of the vehicle close to the eye-level of the animal. This is what happened. (Surprisingly neither the leopard nor the lions even ate me).
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and covers an area of 7,523 sq. mi. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
This weekend seeing my extended family I realized exactly how quickly this past year has gone. “You just ended your freshman year,” my aunts and uncles would ask, and I would have to respond that no, surprisingly I just finished my sophomore year. They would then say how quickly it passed and asked how my year was. I would close my eyes and think about a few memories and smile back, responding “Really, it was great.”
As I watched the same six bags go around and around the baggage claim, I knew what the rest of my family was thinking: my bag was lost.