Rhino calves are slaughtered for the tiny stump on their head or left to die after their mothers are brutally killed.
Whether they are slaughtered for the small stump of a horn protruding from their heads or they are left orphaned when their mothers are heartlessly slaughtered, they are the rhino war’s smallest victims.
“They” would be baby black and white rhinos.
Fortunately for the rhinos (and those who love them) there are concerned citizens like those with Rhino Revolution who came together to “try and reduce the escalating poaching crisis.” What started out, as a “community based action group” is now a “recognized NPO” that proudly serves “rhino conservation through rigorous anti-poaching activities, conservation awareness programmes and now the provision of a world class rhino orphanage.”
With an escalating number of rhino casualties in and around Kruger National Park and nearby private reserves, Rhino Revolution opened its facility is September 2015.
Orphanage and rehabilitation facility
One part of a three-prong approach to combat the escalating rhino-poaching crisis, the orphanage provides the motherless rhinos a safe place to grow up with the ultimate goal of future release back into the wild as “undomesticated, self-sustaining animals.”
Within only a few hours after capture, the Rhino Revolution team will not only have the traumatized rhino “housed in a safe environment” but also receiving top notch “veterinary care.”
To provide the rhinos with the greatest chances for healing success from the trauma of the poaching incident, human interference is minimal and the facility is not open to the public.
Want to learn more on what these great and dedicated folks do? Watch Margrit’s informative video and great interview with vet nurse Natalie Rogers.
Not taking any chances
Shocking and stunning animal lovers around the globe, the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage closed its doors in May. Earlier in the year, two armed men viciously attacked two baby rhinos, Gugu and Impy for their horns and assaulted Thula Thula staff workers.
Gugu died immediately after being shot, while Impy was still alive while his killers, hacked off his horn. Despite surviving the initial attack, Impy’s wounds were so intense and severe the Thula Thula staff had no choice but euthanize him so to put the poor creature out his misery. No doubt, it was a painful and heartbreaking decision and one that should never have to be made.
Sadly and regrettably, the reason for the closure was that the orphanage could no longer insure the safety of its staff and animals.
Hoping to prevent a similar incident and to help safeguard the rhinos from poachers, the Rhino Revolution facility is “highly secure…with electric fencing, lighting, intruder alarm systems and watch towers with 24 hour armed guards.”
Want to learn more?
Be sure to watch Margrit’s informative interview with Rhino Revolution’s co-founder Patrick Jordan. Among topics discussed is the “rehabilitation process” of the baby rhino and the challenges the center faces because of their ‘no public’ policy.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer Wendy Sotos