Under the gaze of the last male northern white rhino, a group of Maasai warriors in Kenya went into bat for the threatened species, wearing their traditional red shuka robes and clunky white cricket pads.
The warriors were taking part in the annual Last Male Standing Rhino Cup, a two-day tournament hosted in the Laikipia conservation area where the last three northern white rhino live under 24-hour armed guard to protect them from poaching.
"Because the cost of looking after rhinos is enormously expensive these days as a result of poaching, we use many other different ways to try and raise the money," Richard Vigne of tournament organisers the Ol Pejeta conservancy told Reuters.
Ol Pejeta hoped to raise 1 million Kenya shillings ($100,000) from the 12-team tournament, which also featured sides from the British Army Training Unit and Australian High Commission.
Cricket is not the only method of fundraising that the male rhino, named Sudan, is part of.
Conservationists set up a Tinder profile for the rhino, to help raise money for his $9-million fertility treatment after all attempts at getting him to mate naturally have failed.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
South Africa’s ANC set to elect leader
More protests in Togo as president chairs ECOWAS
South Africa's ANC party wrestles over choice of new leader
Zuma calls for unity as ANC meets to elect new leader
South Africa's troubled ANC meets to elect new leader
South Africa's Zuma vows free higher education
Zimbabwe leader pledges new path
Liberia’s ruling party petitions for poll delay
DR Congo child soldiers awarded $10mn in damages