It is not uncommon to receive rhino calves with extensive injuries and open wounds from bullets, machetes, or hyena attacks. In these cases we will consult with our specialised veterinary team; together we have developed best practices in wound care and pain management.
Intense observation, monitoring and record keeping together with previous experience make all the difference. It is important to remember that even if the calf is only one week old, we are working with a wild animal who is not used to any human contact. The last humans that this calf encountered most likely murdered their Mom and induced fear, pain and trauma. As we introduce the calf to the bottle and use the positive association of warm, comforting milk, we work tirelessly to gain the calf’s trust. This is not an easy process. The team holding this responsibility must be dedicated, committed, passionate, gentle, caring, resourceful, patient and most importantly, they must never give up.