After thorough and extensive rehabilitation, the rhinos enter a rewilding programme which reintroduces the rhinos to their natural habitat. Ensuring that the rhinos are released into a healthy ecosystem is vital if we are to ensure healthy animals and reproductive success to safeguard the future of the rhino species.

The rhinos are released onto a 350Ha Intensive Protection Zone where specially trained Rhino Monitors continue to protect and monitor the rhinos, recording behavioural and health observations as well as group dynamics.

Rhinos are socially complex animals; they form groups (crashes) predominantly of cows, calves and subadults. Adult rhino bulls are very territorial as they compete for sexually mature females, resource availability and grazing areas. Rhinos roam vast distances and must even increase these grazing areas in dry seasons when food is in short supply. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has several phases of expansion planned that will enable the rhinos to establish home ranges, reduce conflict for food and promote natural movement and territorial behaviours thus leading to viable and healthy breeding populations.

release of orphaned rhinos
release of endangered species

The expansion of the Reserve area is planned in 4 phases, with the first phase being the 350ha Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) which is completed and secured.

The second phase is almost complete and will increase the protected release area to a total of 1,850ha.

The third phase will add a cooperative Provincial Nature Reserve of 18,000ha for releasing and rewilding the growing rhino population.

The fourth phase will add 3,500ha to a total protected Reserve area of 23,350ha.

The Reserve has the potential to further expand to around 80,000ha in the future.

The expansion of the Reserve area is planned in 4 phases, with the first phase being the 350ha Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) which is completed and secured.

The second phase is almost complete and will increase the protected release area to a total of 1,850ha.

The third phase will add a cooperative Provincial Nature Reserve of 18,000ha for releasing and rewilding the growing rhino population.

The fourth phase will add 3,500ha to a total protected Reserve area of 23,350ha.

The Reserve has the potential to further expand to around 80,000ha in the future.

release of endangered species

We must always keep in mind that the rhinos at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary have been orphaned, compromised, and suffered high levels of trauma and stress when they lost their Moms. Just as with thorough rehabilitation, the rewilding process does take time, effort and immense levels of dedication to the cause as well as commitment to the continued protection of these animals. We are so very proud of every rhino that we can put back into their natural habitat where they can live in peace and safety.