Natalie rescues baby rhino orphaned by wildlife poachers
If you are at all interested in Africa you’ve heard of the massive poaching of wildlife, especially rhino. Nikela supports a number of small projects related to anti-poaching. But the saddest, yet possible most rewarding, is the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned baby rhinos.
The war on rhino continues, especially in South Africa. The youngest victims are the innocent calves. Poachers kill their mothers to steal their horn. Baby rhinos are left all alone to die.
A Ray of Hope
A lucky few are saved by people like Natalie Rogers with Rhino Revolution. This new rhino orphanage provides a safe haven for orphaned baby rhinos. A place for them to grow up with the hope of release back into the wild.
Natalie is a Wildlife Vet Nurse. She is presently nurturing several orphaned baby rhinos (exact number withheld for security reasons). Unfortunately, security is a big issue, especially as their little horns grow.
Similar to humans baby rhinos are terribly traumatized by the brutal death of their mother. They cry, walk in circles, some even run into the walls. Keeping them safe, calming them down and getting them to eat during those initial days at their new home is crucial to their survival.
Besides the emotional trauma, which is huge, some have been injured during the poacher attack. These require special medical attention sometimes for extended periods of time.
Like human babies, little rhino need physical closeness. A human caretaker is with them constantly until the young one is fit enough to bond with other orphans.
Tons and Gallons
As you can imagine a growing young rhino needs tons of food and gallons of special formula. In the wild a baby rhino suckles from it’s mother for about 18 months! That equates to an awful lot of milk formula! Raising rhino requires a lot of time and money.