Mpho Mashele's eight donkeys are her most precious possessions, and her family's lifeline.
They use them to transport goods in this small, rural village north of South Africa's capital, Pretoria.
"We love our donkeys because they're the only source of income," she said. "Without them, we will starve."
That threat is looming ever larger amid a spike in donkey poaching in South Africa. Rural, often poor South Africans, like Mashele, say they've been forced to sell their precious donkeys at a loss or face having them stolen by poachers who are eager to satisfy a growing demand for donkey parts from the Chinese market.Previous: Tajikistan