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A Dark Day for The Rhino Orphanage

  • by onRoute
  • Feb 5, 2014
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Vets at Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital took the heart-breaking decision to put the young black rhino down after extensive tests showed there was nothing else that could be done to help him.

Dr Johan Marais, a surgeon at the world famous hospital, said it was a sad day after a long history of treatment. The rhino originally had a prolapsed rectum and then suffered from a serious leg injury that was operated on last year but has deteriorated since then. “It is a tragic loss but we will refocus our efforts to save as many rhino as we can and care for the ones in our care and the ones that will surely follow."

The orphanage has purpose-built facilities to care for these often extremely young and badly injured creatures, giving the babies the very best chance of one day returning to the wild where they belong. The orphanage is further supported by a range of partners including FNB Investment Products, New Holland, Lafarge, and First Car Rental. The Rhino Orphanage has been established as a not‐for‐profit charity (Section 21 company in South Africa) with all donations going directly to fund the centre and the care and rehabilitation of the rhinos. People who would like to help can contact The Rhino Orphanage via or can make a donation directly into the below account:

The Rhino Orphanage has tragically lost one if it's baby animals.

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