“There we were, the three of us, wanting to congratulate, wanting to be good sports about this rhino whose smaller horn was longer than our big one, this huge, tear-eyed marvel of a rhino, this dead, head-severed dream rhino, and instead we … were ashamed and could do nothing about it.”
-excerpt from Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway, Vintage, 2004
This is a classic novel about old-style safaris – aka big game hunting. The shame mentioned above wasn’t about the destruction caused by their “sport”, but about the inability to congratulate someone who had killed a bigger rhino than they had!
Sadly, the rhino is now under extreme threat and those venturing out on safari these days will find it increasingly difficult to spot one of these incredible animals.