Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary News:
1. Rapid Rescue – K9 Looney returns from training
2. Thorough Rehabilitation – Khanya and Arthur’s Rescue-versaries
3. Successful Release – Preparation for winter feeding
4. Proper Protection – Plans for upgrades with Cisco & IPZ expansion with Molly Young
5. Community Based Projects – Food and Trees for Africa & Invasive Plant Control
6. Sustainability – Valcora goes Wild
7. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary Hosts Important Visitors
8. Thank you’s
RAPID RESCUE K9 LOONEY RETURNS FROM TRAINING
The youngest member of our K9 team, Looney, a Belgian Malinois, has returned from her first K9 training, together with Anton her handler. After a comprehensive and intensive training program, Anton and Looney completed their training together at the top of their class! We are excited to have both Looney and Anton back at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, patrolling and protecting the orphans within our Intensive Protection zone. We will continue Looney’s training, which plays a vital role in our rapid rescue and response unit when tracking an injured and/or orphaned rhino. Let us keep saving and protecting our heritage! If anyone would like to support Looney and the other Anti-Poaching K9 dogs, please do so through our Rhino Grocery Market where you can purchase a bag of Eukanuba Working and Endurance Dog Food. Simply click the link below!
Looney, Belian Malinois at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
THOROUGH REHABILITATION KHANYA AND ARTHUR’S RESCUE-VERSARY
Arthur, The Brave Arthur arrived at Care for Wild a year ago, on the 20th of May 2018. He was found fighting for his life after trying to protect his mother. Due to his bravery, Arthur had his back and foot hacked by the poachers with their machetes. He was sedated and flown to the sanctuary of Care for Wild, where he recovered from his emotional and physical wounds.
A year later, weighing 215kg, Arthur is growing from strength to strength, surrounded by his rhino friends, and followed closely by the rest of the world that has fallen in love with him. Thank you, Arthur, for fighting for your mom, we promise that we will follow your example and continue to fight for you and all the other rhinos that are under threat.
A huge thank you to everyone who has followed and shared Arthur’s story, sponsored and donated towards his care and those who worked hands-on to care for him and monitor his progress.#jointhefight #notonourwatch
Khanya arrived at Care for Wild two years ago, on the 3rd of May 2017. Khanya, meaning ‘light’ has always been a playful yet powerful young rhino cow. Khanya, now weighing 825kg, has grown up and weaned off of milk and now enjoys grazing in the fields with the other orphaned rhinos. Khanya is the eldest in her young crash, and thus has she taken on the mother role amongst the other orphans with her; she is always accepting and protective of the new arrivals. We are so grateful to the rangers, veterinarians and pilots involved in her rescue, and extremely thankful towards Saint Flooring Ltd (http://www.saintflooring.co.uk/) for supporting Khanya through her rehabilitation to this point.
SUCCESSFUL RELEASE PREPARATION FOR WINTER FEEDING
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary provides specially formulated feeds to all the orphaned rhino; both the young and older rhinos need to receive the best nutrition available. Even though the older orphans have been successfully released back into the bush, it needs to be remembered that these rhinos are immuno-compromised due to them being injured, traumatised, and orphaned at a young age.
As these rhinos grow and move through their various rehabilitation and re-introduction phases, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary monitors and records all information that may one day lead to a better strategy in saving these iconic species. Since the first orphaned rhinos’ release into the rhino stronghold back in December of 2016, vast amounts of data has been collected, and ongoing research is done on their behaviour and their mental and physical adaptation to their surrounding environment. The effects of low immunity on an orphaned rhinos body is a focal point of our research, which has never been researched in the past.
Moving into our third winter since our first release, we learned that the orphans still need support in terms of winter feeding. The nutritional value of the natural grazing on the reserve drops far below a threshold that can sustain the orphaned rhinos through the cold nights and chilly days. For this reason, Care for Wild is making Teff hay and Lucerne hay available to the older released orphaned rhinos. The hay plays two vital roles in the rhinos’ winter needs; firstly, the rhinos eat their fill with the hay provided, and the leftovers are used as warm bedding when night falls. As day breaks and after waking, the rhinos eat the bedding and then go about their day; as you can see from the picture below of Wyntir, Tana and Mabush. If you would like to help support the orphans on the reserve through the winter months, then please visit our Online Rhino Grocery Market and purchase Teff hay bales, Lucerne hay bales and Rhino Pellets.
We really need your support!
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has partnered with Cisco (https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/never-better/csr-1.html) to upgrade the security systems throughout the sanctuary and Intensive Protection Zone. With the support from Cisco’s, David Ward and Mala Mala Game Reserve’s (http://www.malamala.com/) Head Ranger, Dave Powrie we are putting together a strategy and plan on how to upgrade and improve our current system, and which systems to implement that will best suit our specific security needs here at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
During his visit this month, it has been a privilege to show Dave Powrie how big, happy and healthy Rubybelle has grown up to be; Dave is one of the heroes who were part of the rescue of Rubybelle, nearly two years ago. Sharing the success story of an orphaned baby rhino and her road through the rehabilitation process brings us great joy. The safety and protection of Rubybelle and the other orphaned rhinos are our priority now, and we are so proud to be working together with such passionate, compassionate and intelligent people on this project.
Thank you for partnering with us and supporting us with this game-changing system which will ultimately help save the rhinos!
INTENSIVE PROTECTION ZONE EXPANSION
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is expanding the Rhino Stronghold by upgrading the fences into the next phase of the property through The Molly Millis Fund. By securing a larger area, we will be able to provide more space to the rhinos that are already in the release phase, as well as have secured area for the rhinos that are still growing for future release.
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, being the largest rhino sanctuary in the world, requires that we have the capacity to grow and expand, as more rhinos are rescued, rehabilitated, released and protected.We are proud to be partnered with Molly and Ronnie Young, such passionate and generous people with an equally passionate family. Many of Molly’s family members, including Molly herself, have bought into the project further by sponsoring many of the animals at the sanctuary, including orphaned rhinos Arthur The Brave, Rose Petal, Rubybelle, Lofo and K9 dog Reaper!
COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS FOOD AND TREES FOR AFRICA
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary plans to expand the community vegetable garden with the help of Chris Wild and Emily Jones from Fruit and Trees for Africa (https://trees.org.za/). Expanding the vegetable garden will not only feed more people in our community by directly providing the crops we plant and harvest but also through employing more members of the local community to work in the garden. We are proud and excited to be moving forward in this community-based project.
Thank you, Chris and Emily, for visiting and helping us feed hungry rhino mouths, but also the Care for Wild family and the local community.
ALIEN INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, partnered with Investec, continues to prepare the Rhino Stronghold for expansion together with the community conservation teams. By eradicating the invasive alien plant species from the environment, the native plant species are allowed to flourish. These native trees and grass species are the natural browse and grazing that the orphaned rhinos and other animals require to feed on. Through the support of these native plant species, we are also conserving the rest of the natural environment.
SUSTAINABILITY VALCORA GOES WILD
One of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary’s sponsors, Valcora, has taken to the sky with saving the rhino!
Switzerland-headquartered aviation fuel supplier VALCORA (https://www.valcora.ch/) is using EBACE 2019 as a platform to launch a new initiative supporting the industry’s aim of working towards a carbon-neutral future. As VALCORA showcases its support for a growing number of wildlife conservation projects around the world, delegates have been invited to participate.
Daniel Coetzer, CEO and Valerie Bouthiaux, General Manager, have carefully selected a number of smaller conservation organisations dealing directly with animal protection, to lend support. To date, the VALCORA conservation portfolio includes two rhinoceros orphanages in South Africa, as well as chimpanzee and orangutan refuges in Africa and Indonesia. To read more on Valcora’s mission and involvement in wildlife conservation, click the link here:
Thank you, Daniel and Valerie, for choosing Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary as one of your partners and beneficiaries.
VISITORS AT CARE FOR WILD
THE TODAY SHOW – BREAKING THEIR SILENCE
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary was contacted by the producer of The Today Show on NBCUniversal in the USA, Joshua Janiak. The Today Show was producing a segment on the film Breaking Their Silence that launched this month. From all the women involved in the film, Petronel Nieuwoudt, owner and founder of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, was chosen to be interviewed about the film. This was a huge honour for both Petronel and us, and we are grateful to The Today Show for choosing Care for Wild which allowed us the additional exposure to raise awareness and get our message across to so many more people around the world.
JEEP CLUB SOUTH AFRICA
Jeep South Africa joined Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary for a visit to raise awareness of the plight of the rhinos.
We hosted loyal supporter, Tony Page, with his club from Jeep South Africa. Petronel and her team gave a short educational talk to the group which included children, before heading down to the bomas to see the feeding of the orphaned baby rhinos.Education and raising awareness is one of the many ways Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is working towards saving the rhinos for our future generations. By teaching and involving the younger generations, we believe that we can inspire them to make a change for a better future.
Thank you, Tony, for all your support through all the years. Your loyalty and passion are much appreciated.
Thomas Lawrence, Chris Hobkirk, Petronel Nieuwoudt, Jerry Butterfield and Matt Wright
MATT WRIGHT & BUTTER MEDIA
Australian Outback wrangler, Matt Wright, together with his beautiful wife, Kaia, Butter Media film crew members Jerry Butterfield and Thomas Lawrence, joined Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary to film. Chris Hobkirk, from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency also joined the filming. Chris also featured in the recent two-part National Geographic documentary, Save This Rhino.
Kevin Pietersen, continues to raise awareness for Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary and the orphaned rhinos who have lost their mothers due to poaching. Through Kevin’s Podcast, Beast of Man, he highlights many issues and stories of what really happens when a rhino is poached, a baby being orphaned, and the solutions to these problems.
Thank you, Kevin, for continuing to be the voice for these endangered iconic species.For those who would like to learn more about Kevin’s Podcasts and the fantastic work he does for the rhinos, click on the link below:
COUNCIL OF CONTRIBUTORS
We want to say a big thank you to Council of Contributors (https://www.councilofcontributors.com/) for supporting Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary with upgrading our baby rhino rescue crate.Our rescue crate is the first safe enclosure that the new baby rhino arrivals are held in at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The baby rhino will remain in this crate for a day or two until it wakes up from the sedation and are fully stabilised, while on its life-supportive IV drips. This crate is an essential part of the orphaned rhinos first steps of rehabilitation as it serves to allow the caretakers to safely work on the wild orphaned rhino in a controlled environment where the rhino can also feel safe and learn to trust its new caretaker. The crate also allows caretakers to treat wounds, monitor and closely observe the orphaned rhino calves.
WANT TO HELP CARE FOR WILD? DONATE TODAY!
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the support of donors to continue protecting the wildlife, landscapes and cultures of South Africa.
We need various equipment and supplies for the rhino, which includes specialised equipment. If you would like to help us, please click this official link, https://www.careforwild.co.za/donate,
you will be redirected to the donate section of the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary website where our wish list and sponsorship information can be found.