RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND RELEASE

NEW ARRIVALS AT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has received two rhino calves over the past two weeks. On the 11th of October 2019, a young calf was flown to Care for Wild after his mother was shot by poachers. He is at the moment in ICU for treatment on the gunshot wound. The young rhino has been named Benjamin. Little Benjamin was extremely dehydrated on arrival and spent three nights in the ICU before he was strong enough to be moved to the bomas. He has made some amazing progress. Within just one week, Benjamin was able to meet other rhinos and has formed a close bond with Ribbon and Lazuli. These two orphaned rhinos have taken a close shine to little Benjamin and keep a close watch on him as he continues to adapt to life at Care for Wild Sanctuary.

Baby Benjamin is drinking his milk nicely and currently weighs 213 kg’s. He will continue to drink milk for another 8 – 10 months as he is still quite young.

On Monday 28th of October, another orphaned rhino arrived by truck at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. The calf’s mother had been shot in a devastating case. The bullet entered just above her eye and exited through her lower jaw causing horrendous damage and facial paralysis. Despite the immense efforts to save her, the mother sadly passed away.

The baby is already weaned and therefore quite big already. Rhino calves stay with their moms for 3-4 years sometimes longer if they are female. This precious girl would not have survived alone. She began to drink and eat on the day of her arrival, yet remained very sad.

She has been introduced to Ribbon, Lazuli and Little Benjamin. Benjamin walked over immediately and welcomed her – A tiny, miniature rhino offering his giant new friend comfort. She remains under close watch at Care for Wild but has started to settle and is becoming more trusting of her caregivers.

 

UPDATE ON CARE for WILD ADULT RHINO TREATMENT FACILITY

All hands on as the team at Care for Wild and volunteers are getting their hands dirty, shovelling and digging tons of 1 metre holes for poles and preparing the foundation for the second boma that will soon become the new Care for Wild Adult Rhino Treatment Centre.

Special thanks to everyone that contributed to this project. It would not be possible without the support of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and community.

 

RELEASE OF RHINOS INTO THE INTENSIVE PROTECTION ZONE

We are proud to announce that Khanya, Rose, Rubybelle, Fern and Zac have been released into the IPZ. It is always an event that gives us amazing emotions and flashbacks to remember what they have been through.

Thank you to all our incredible sponsors that have helped fund them through their rehabilitation phases and to every volunteer who may have made a bottle for them.

OUR COMMUNITY – SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT

ECO-BRICKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY 

We spent a fun day with our volunteers and community focusing on greener waste management.

The volunteers assisted The Sunrise Community in making Eco-bricks. We focused on how to collect, re-use and recycle waste without the harmful effects to the environment.

LOMSHIYO FARMING PROJECT

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary recently embarked upon an ambitious long-term commercial farming venture, in partnership with the local Lomshiyo Community. The project aims to develop 100ha of Macadamia Nuts, Avocados, Citrus and vegetable production.

The community will benefit through a number of avenues. The profits will be shared after costs and taxes between the two entities, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary and Lomshiyo Trust. The farming operations will employ more than 40 young people. It will also offer training in agriculture to the community in the future.

Below image is Mr Tikhontele Solomon Dlamini, Chief of Lomshiyo Community and Mr. Chris de Bruno Austin, Director at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC.

RHINO UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

The Sunrise community have formed their own soccer team and named it RHINO UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

Special thanks to Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL) for donating soccer balls and to the Gough Family for donating soccer shirts. The team were thrilled!

 

THE GOOD WORK FOUNDATION SPEND TIME AT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY 

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary had the pleasure of hosting a group of young adults from THE GOOD WORK FOUNDATION. The ambitious group spent their days learning about the important work done at the sanctuary.

We would like to thank all the participants for joining us. We are proud to have had the opportunity to share some of our knowledge, passion and love of rhinos with these young ambassadors. We hope that you enjoyed your time at the sanctuary!

NELSPRUIT HIGH SCHOOL VISIT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of children from Nelspruit High School. The energetic group spent the day learning about the work done at the sanctuary. Education is one of the most effective methods we can use to spread awareness of the rhino poaching crisis, as well as providing vital information to keep the communities and children safe.

We would like to thank all the participants for joining us. We hope that you enjoyed your time with us!

OUR PROTECTION

ANTI-POACHING & SECURITY  

The K-9 unit is an integral part of the anti-poaching unit working around the clock to keep the rhinos safe. As a force multiplier they work alongside their highly trained and skilled handlers throughout the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ). A vital asset to the Care for Wild Team, these canines require the very best care.

If you would like to contribute towards a bag of dog food, please visit our rhino market store – www.rhinomarket.org

DR. ALBERTUS COETZEE VISITS THE MOUNTED HORSE UNIT AT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY

Care for Wild’s mounted unit are mostly behind the scenes and out of sight, patrolling our fences and IPZ. The mounted unit plays a vital role in our security and protection strategy, ensuring the safety of our beloved rhinos.

Offering continual learning and training opportunities is essential and invaluable to the development of the anti-poaching unit at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Dr Albertus Coetzee recently visited us and discussed routine health checks as well as emergency first aid for the mounted unit.

Undertaking these checks prior to patrols will keep the horses happy and healthy and being able to calmly attend to an accident or injury when on duty will ensure we can offer our horse unit the very best care.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

AN EVENING WITH CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY IN NEW YORK CITY!

FOR OUR USA SUPPORTERS – Join Empowers Africa and Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary for a Cocktail Reception and Presentation by our Founder, Petronel Nieuwoudt.

Learn more about the poaching crisis, the rescue and rehabilitation of the orphans and our vision for the future.

The event will take place at The Explorers Club, 46 East, 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021 on the 21st of November 2019 at 18:00 – 20:00.

There will be some amazing items up for auction! If you are in the area, we would love for you to join us. Click on the below link to book your tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-care-for-wild-rhino-sanctuary-the-worlds-largest-rhino-sanctuary-tickets-70282168859 or email donate@careforwild.co.za for more information on the event.

SPECIAL THANKS  

Special thanks to all our generous sponsors and supporters who continue to make donations towards Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. We would not be able to do the work that we do, without the help from our amazing supporters.

BLANKETS FOR BABY RHINOS VISIT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY 

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary recently received a visit from Blankets for Baby Rhinos. We received beautiful handmade blankets and bags of essential milk to fill the orphan’s tummies!

We are exceptionally grateful for the love and support towards the rhinos in our care. Everyone can play a role in saving this iconic species.

Thank you to everyone that supported this campaign. We are humbled by your generosity!

DARREN & ANNA GOUGH VISIT CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY

We had the privilege of spending some time recently with former English cricketer Darren Gough and his wife Anna as they learnt more about what we do at the sanctuary. We would like to thank the Gough family for their love, time, commitment and passion that they have for rhinos.

MONICA BURKARD VISITS CARE for WILD RHINO SANCTUARY

Monica Burkard recently visited Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Words really cannot express how grateful we are to Monica Burkard as one of our most ardent and loyal supporters.

Monica has always gone out of her way to assist us wherever possible and has outdone herself again in her commitment to our orphaned rhinos. Thank you for the wonderful support. We are so grateful!

HEALTH & HYGIENE – F10 PRODUCTS

Thank you to Health & Hygiene for your support in sponsoring essential F10 products for the rhinos in our care. We are exceptionally grateful for the support!

GET INVOLVED 

The purpose of the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary Grocery Market is to provide assistance to the rhino orphans that are in our care.

The Market allows our supporters the opportunity of helping us care for orphaned rhinos. Supporters are able to go online and purchase much needed items for the orphans. Once purchased, the items are then delivered to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

Thank you to everyone that continues to support us through our Grocery Market. Your contributions really do make a huge difference!

Click here to view our Rhino Market – www.rhinomarket.org

 

 

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER, PETRONEL NIEUWOUDT

Thank you to our donors, our sponsors, our volunteers, our friends. To everyone who has donated. To everyone who continues to spread awareness and to everyone who has taken responsibility to protect rhinos. Together we can save them. Our heritage. Our community. Our rhinos. Our responsibility.

All by the Grace of God.