A World First Opens in SA

Baby Rhino Orphanage

  • by onRoute
  • Sep 4, 2012
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Africa’s first specialist, dedicated, non‐commercial centre to care for baby rhinos has officially opened at the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo Province.

The first resident is a five‐month‐old black rhino who is believed to have been abandoned by his mother. World renowned rehabilitation expert, Karen Trendler explains, “The young calf was found in need of urgent and specialised medical attention and needed a secure and caring facility where he could receive the appropriate care, with the ultimate aim of rehabilitating him into the wild where he belongs.”

The little rhino moved into the centre, from a temporary shelter, where he will now be given 24‐hour attention. Carers are currently feeding him, sleeping with him and ensuring he receives expert medical attention. With only a few hours notice, The Rhino Orphanage mobilised a 24‐hour care team that set up temporary facilities to relocate and nurse the little calf back to health. As soon as the final construction of the specialist facilities at the orphanage is complete, the rhino will be moved to increasingly larger and more natural premises. “Here we will be able to monitor his progress as we build up to his ultimate release back into a safe and secure wild environment,” says Trendler.

Africa’s first specialist, dedicated, non‐commercial centre to care for baby rhinos has officially opened at the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo Province.

 “The orphanage will have specialist medical facilities to care for these often extremely young and badly injured creatures, from an intensive care unit to, we hope, a special ambulance to transport them under proper medical supervision from the place of the killing,” says Centre Director Arrie van Deventer. “We are committed to adhering to stringent protocols. Security will be extreme and the centre will not be open to the public, they will only be allowed to view the rhinos via CCTV camera,” states van Deventer. “We are partnered with FNB Investment Products on the project and couldn’t wish for more supportive, proactive partners. This war is going to be hard fought and long, so we need people across the world to stand up and help us in any way they can.”

Arrie van Deventer and his dedicated team have shown the passion and commitment needed to fight this abhorrent issue of rhino poaching. They have spent many hours planning for the orphanage and it’s wonderful to see it all coming together. “There is so much more to do and we still need help from those who care as much as we do,” concludes Trendler.

People who would like to help can contact The Rhino Orphanage: pete@theazaleagroup.com or can make a donation directly into account.

Account Name: Legend Rhino Orphanage

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Mokopane

Code: 26‐02‐48

Account Number: 62366479171

For International donations the SWIFT code is: FIRNZAJJ