GONAREZHOU – RETURN OF THE RHINO
The return of the rhino into Gonarezhou National Park is both an example of, and a metaphor for conservation on the African continent. The reintroduction marks a divergence in thinking and approach to conservation by holding space for the landscape as a whole and the embracing by a people of its stewardship and responsibility towards its wild landscapes and a recognising of the ways that wild landscape has shaped the cultural identity of those who’ve lived alongside it.
The reintroduction is a story about hope, about the relationship between people and wilderness and about evaluating the worth of a wild landscape. Perhaps most poignantly, the reintroduction of black rhino into Gonarezhou National Park represents a reckoning of what the landscape and the people shaped by it would be if the wilderness and wildlife were to be erased and of how through persistence, collaboration and belief, a people have come together to ensure the wild landscape endures.
The book is an A4 hardcover, beautifully bound and printed visual exploration into the people and wilds of the Gonarezhou National Park. Readers will be immersed into the lives lived and landscapes of Gonarezhou through a collection of photographs taken over a period of two years by Buck O’Donoghue. The written story is of experiences and observations gathered over the same period by Joanna Craig, charting the intertwined history of people, landscape and wildlife in Gonarezhou National Park through the rise, fall, disappearance and reemergence of rhino populations.
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