Rhino of the Week: Nicky

Nicky's handler shows him what leaves to eat.

Nicky’s handler shows him what leaves to eat.

On the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the rangers keep an eye on a variety of creatures from Grevy’s Zebra to the Black Rhino. On occasion they observed a mother rhino with her calf in what seemed an odd situation. The baby seemed confused, bumping into things and not staying with his mom.

This little rhino was Nicky. He was born blind. It is a congenital condition caused by cataracts. It is correctable, and it is the hope that funds can be raised to bring in a specialist to restore Nicky’s eyesight.

The staff at Lewa felt his safety would surely have been compromised if left in the wild. So he was taken from his mom. He now lives at the family home of Mike Watson, the CEO at Lewa. He is given round the clock care from two handlers, he is never left alone. His new boma (enclosure) has a padded play area for his safety. Nicky runs, plays, takes baths, rolls in the mud, goes for walks, and naps like any other young rhino.

Due to human contact and his condition, it is unlikely Nicky will ever return to the wild. However, he is considered an ambassador for the black rhino species, and hopefully his story can help to bring attention to the plight of his kind.

Nicky's blanket gives him warmth and comfort like he would get from his mom in the wild. If it falls off at night, he wakes his handler by jumping on him and squealing until it's put back on.

Nicky’s blanket gives him warmth and comfort like he would get from his mom in the wild. If it falls off at night, he wakes his handler by jumping on him and squealing until it’s put back on.

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