TANZANIA SERENGETI ASSISTANCE
Petronel’s vast knowledge and skills in saving orphans, especially black rhino, was recently highlighted when she received a call from the Serengeti in Tanzania after authorities discovered an abandoned black rhino calf and required her expertise. Petronel provided as much information and advice as possible while in New York for an event, Rachael and Sam were sent to Tanzania to assist with the training of the local staff in the handling and care of the orphan; we will keep you updated on this developing project.
This is the second time that Care for Wild assisted in Tanzania to help save rhinos. #oneteamonedream
RESCUE, REHABILITATION, AND RE-INTRODUCTION
NEW LARGE RHINO TREATMENT / REHABILITATION FACILITY
Care for Wild saw the completion of phase one of the new large rhino rehabilitation facility. It was constructed due to the increasing number of large wounded rhino being brought to CfW, botched poaching attempts and at times fights between animals cause these wounds. We received our first large white rhino bull which had to be removed from a reserve that had several of its remaining rhino poached.
The mature rhino bull was severely traumatised by the incident where a poaching gang was trying to kill him; he was darted and moved to our new secure large rhino handling facility. Beast, as the new arrival has been named, is feisty and true to his nature and is still settling into his new surroundings. He is a big dominant rhino bull who will be introduced to all the CfW rhino soon; we are sure the rhino cows will be very happy! Thanks to the Council of Contributors, Katie Cleary (Peace4animals), Monica Burkard and Diana de Blanc and the many other contributors, the new facility will greatly assist us with our work.
CFW rescued Dianna, an older white rhino calf whose mother was badly wounded at the same reserve where Beast was situated on. Dianna’s mother had to be euthanized due to the terrible injuries she sustained when poachers shot her and other rhino in her crash. It took Dianna a while to settle in due to her age and the trauma experienced with the poachers; this was evident when she almost injured staff members who were working with her. Diana eventually calmed down when she was introduced to Ribbon, Lazuli and her favourite, Benjamin. She is eating and drinking and is well on the road to recovery.
Loretta Stadler, thank you for being the support behind our rescues, much appreciated.
OLIVE SIX-YEAR RESCUEVERSARY
Olive arrived at Care for Wild in November 2013 after poachers killed her mother in a nearby reserve. Olive was ten months old when she was orphaned. Feisty and hesitant to trust her human caretakers, Olive bonded with fellow orphan Timbi with whom she shares an incredible bond.
Six years later, Olive and Timbi have been released into the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ). Olive has become a stunningly beautiful young adult who is a strong leader in her crash, fiercely protecting her best friend, Timbi.
HEALTHY ANIMALS IN HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS
The good rains we received in November brought relief to our free-ranging rhino; now they can enjoy long mud baths at all their favourite places in the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ). The recent rains have also changed the grasslands from dry unpalatable to lush green; the rhino cannot get enough and are enjoying the abundant supply of grass.
CfW AND RHINO REPRO
We recently had a visit from Dr. Morne de la Rey, a rhino reproduction specialist, supported by Dr. Albertus Coetzee and Dr. Hendrik Hansen who specialise in the reproduction of rhino. We were very honoured to have Dr. de la Rey and his team here who did work with Sudan, the last northern white rhino male. Dr. de la Rey and his team were able to secure the future of the northern white rhino through saving Sudan’s DNA for the future.
During their visit, a fertility check was done on Timbi, one of our eldest cows, and on our oldest rhino bulls, Storm; their fertility is crucial to the future of our rhino herd. This is a method of ensuring the indefinite survival of rhinos through the utilization of assisted reproduction techniques.
The month of November saw a drastic change in the day and night temperatures, sometimes moving to above 40°C. This is a pleasant change for our amazing Rhino Monitors and Game Scouts who now does not have to brave the freezing night temperatures any longer, we recorded -4°C during this past winter. Sometimes we forget the sacrifices these heroes make daily to ensure that our rhinos are safe and secure at CfW. The increase in temperatures brings its challenges like thunderstorms, lightning, and heavy rain; the sanctuary received more than 120mm of rain in November.
Nature presents other unexpected challenges during the change of seasons, we almost lost Hulk (one of our stalwart K9 dogs) when he was attacked by a swarm of bees while in his kennel. Luckily for Hulk, our local Vet Dr. Albertus Coetzee was on the reserve when it happened, and he was able to administer immediate treatment which saved his life. Hulk spent a week in the local vet hospital, and he is now at home fully recovered and back on the Job.
Thank you to Amy Turner and Kelly Adelseerder for all the equipment and love for our K9 dogs and handlers.
The recent increase in the size of our mounted unit and additional training has allowed us to expand the area we are protecting. The mounted scouts are used on day and night operations, with focus on the moonlit nights which are poachers’ favourite times to attempt to poach. Their patrols have been expanded to include the recently fenced state land; we plan to begin allowing the released rhino into this area to graze early in the new year. The mounted unit will be crucial to the safety of our orphans once they are in the enlarged area.
Thank you to Baby Rhino Rescue for the steel cabinet, headlamps and bale feeders. Thank you also to Tanya Levorchik for the horse blankets, fly masks, and much other handy supplies and equipment.
The recent rains brought much-needed relief; however, the rains also bring additional challenges for our Rhino Monitors when keeping an eye on their rhino. From being focused around their bales of teff grass during the dry season, the rhino crashes are now scattered across the whole sanctuary in search of the most succulent grass.
The Rhino Monitors are now having to work much harder, walking long distances following the rhino crashes, ensuring that they are safe during all hours of the day and night. We salute our dedicated people who are doing amazing work, no matter what the conditions.
In a multi-layered strategy to protect the rhinos under our care, all of the rhinos here at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary are dehorned. We completed the dehorning programme for this year, the process of which is very similar to that of cutting or trimming your nails. In a painless procedure, the rhino is sedated by a veterinarian, and the horn is trimmed before the sharp edges are filed.
Our priority is as always, the safety of these precious rhinos. Thank you to SANParks, MTPA officials and West Acres Animal Hospital for helping with this important procedure.
OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS
CfW has embarked on a journey to long term sustainability. We have partnered with one of our local communities who have an abundance of available unutilized agricultural land; to develop a large-scale agricultural enterprise growing vegetables, macadamia nuts, avocado, and citrus. The project will benefit the community with the creation of numerous jobs; the profits from the sale of produce will be shared equally between CfW and the community. The profits generated for CfW will be used to fund the running costs of the rhino sanctuary, which is part of our sustainable funding model.
The farming project is well on its way; we managed to prepare our first 15ha of land for the planting of macadamia nut trees and our first vegetable crops. The construction of the water supply and storage infrastructure has commenced, we plan to have the first 4ha of macadamia trees planted by the end of January 2020. We will keep you updated monthly on this exciting project. A special thanks to Glencore SA for their support.
Following our recent social media post on the Lomshiyo Community Project, we are pleased to announce that we have raised a total of 134 Macadamia trees thus far. Our goal with your help is to plant 2000 Macadamia Trees. Please help us with a tree – Give a $10 Christmas voucher to your friends and family to help us complete this exciting Agri project. We need 2000 donations of $10 each to complete phase one.
Please click on the link to help us with this exciting project.
CARE for WILD COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT
The CfW Community Garden Project is progressing well with our first satellite garden which is situated within the neighbouring Mandela Village and hosted by the Sunrise Community. The garden has been fully planted, although the past months were challenging due to low rainfall and the river drying out.
Thankfully this has now changed with the change of season and lots of rain which has had a positive effect on the growing vegetables. We want to thank our sponsors of these projects, namely Black Wattle Bisichi Mining and Baby Rhino Rescue for funding, tools, protected clothing, a water pump, and herbicide hand spray units.
Positive youth who see the need to protect the environment and animals is one of the main reasons CfW is working with Baby Rhino Rescue to develop several soccer teams in the communities around CfW. We have commenced the project under the guidance of Ferdie Terblanche who implemented a similar very successful project in Mozambique.
The first team, Rhino United Football Club, has been formed; they are from the Mandela Village and the Fairview Mine Housing Estate. The team has been kitted with soccer jerseys, boots, balls and shin pads. Rhino United FC played their first game and was on the winning side. We have plans to develop two additional teams; these teams will compete for the CfW Rhino Cup. We are very excited by the positive response and support of the venture from the communities.
We started a community netball team recently; the team will be based at the new community centre being developed at the Fairview Mine. CfW has donated balls for the team to practice. A donor will need to be sourced to further develop and equip the teams.
Our local community who reside in the Mandela village have no direct access to primary health care, and the community also have no access to any veterinary services for the large number of livestock and domestic animals they own. CfW working in Partnership with Barberton Mines has identified a suitable site on the mine property which consists of several old buildings that were originally a pre-school. The buildings require some work to get them back to proper and safe conditions.
Barberton Mines has agreed to a long-term use agreement which was recently signed, and we thank them for their donation of funding the connection of electricity and water to the complex as well as funding a monthly sum towards electricity use. It is planned to establish a clinic to provide primary health care and vet services to the community from the site. We are currently in the early stages of this development with a team currently cleaning up the rubble and resurrecting the first building which will house the clinic. The site has been secured with a fence. The long-term plan is to develop a pottery and jewellery making project which will employ local people at the site in one of the buildings. We will be looking for partners to join us in this exciting project.
Our ever-increasing orphan rhino population requires larger areas to be released into, and this has led to the need for more areas to be fenced in. During the past year, our fencing team has been able to almost complete the inclusion of a further 2000ha into the IPZ.
The project is nearing completion, and it is estimated that it will be finished during the first quarter of 2020. This fencing project would not have been possible without the funding we received from Molly and Ronnie Young. Thank you for being there with us and for all the support over the years.
ALIEN INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL
As much as poaching is a significant threat to the existence of the rhino species, so is the alien invasive plants in the habitat of our resident rhino population. CfW’s property has over many years, been invaded by different species of alien invasive plants that are not native to the ecosystem. These species compete for space and have invaded our grasslands which our rhino depends on; the rhinos are very selective in what species of grass they eat. CfW has embarked on a large-scale campaign to control these invasive species and return the grasslands to the natural status which would need to carry many rhinos.
We are proud to announce that working with community teams; we are well advanced in this project, with approximately 60% of the property having been initially cleared. The project is ongoing with annual follow-ups planned. We will keep you posted.
Special thanks to Investec for the ongoing support.
NEW YORK CITY FUNCTION WITH CARE for WILD AND EMPOWERS AFRICA
A special thanks to everyone who came out to support our cocktail evening at The Explorers Club, New York City. Our founder, Petronel Nieuwoudt, presented an informative presentation about the poaching crisis, and the work being done at Cfw. A sincere thank you to Krista Krieger and the rest of the amazing ladies at Empowers Africa for hosting an incredible evening.
The amount raised: $ 50,550.00 through ticket sales and the auction.
CfW SPEAKS AT VIRGIN UNITE AND THE ABUNDANCE CONFERENCE
Care for Wild’s founder Petronel Nieuwoudt was asked to speak at the South Africa Connection Trip this month. The conference was held at Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Lodge, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.
The conference sees globally leading entrepreneurs from around the world come together to turn challenges into opportunities by never accepting the unacceptable and driving positive change forward. Care for Wild’s vision of securing the future of rhinos through community involvement and sustainable solutions through conservation, echoing the ethos of the event.
It was an incredible event meeting like-minded people with passion and drive for positive change and to make the world a better place.
Thank you for the donation Virgin Unite.
UPCOMING EVENT: 23 APRIL 2020 – UK FUNDRAISING EVENT
To all our UK supporters, CfW has partnered with Anna and Darren Gough who will be hosting an informal day of golf and an evening of entertainment at the exclusive Grove Hotel in Watford.
Please email email@example.com for more information on the event.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS AND DONORS FOR NOVEMBER
Ongoing sponsorships of individual rhinos and dogs:
Trac, Simone Lagrave, Ma Vie Investments, Kathryn Mitchell, Maveshree Venter, Chemstrat Industrial CC, Trac N4, Valcora Sarl, Pepperl+Fuch, Sirius Motor Corp, Spirit Wildlife Fund, Molly Young, PARCA Inc, Ashley Durbin, James Millis Jnr, Konika Minolta, Lorna Davies.
Monica and Michelle Burkard, Nina Kubicek.
Donations received during November:
Investec Rhino Lifeline and staff, Candice Stern, Facebook birthday fundraisers.
Chazelle Keller, Ann Smith, Dirk Binneman, University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort), Glenanda Primary, Haraka, and everyone else contributing towards this worthy course.
F10, JoJo, Nancy Schaffnek, Anne Aalbue, Monica Burkard, Michelle Burkard, Sabine van den Brink, Ilona Wessels, Ineke van Zenderen, Ellie Dijkgraaf and Monique Scholten, Cornell Grobler and the Fochville community.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY AND NON-PROFIT CONTACT DETAILS
USA board: Jim and Staci Roth
Phone: +1 805-484-7267
Cell: +1 213-713-4099
UK Trustees: Bill Barber and Dave Lawrence
Cell: +44 798 508 6908
Cell: +44 7585 952205