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Babies, Babies, Babies

Baby rhinos nurse from their mothers for up to 2 years, and leave her when she's ready to have another baby.

Baby rhinos nurse from their mothers for up to 2 years, and leave her when she’s ready to have another baby.

Baby elephant making new friends.

Baby elephant making new friends.

Baby rhinos start grazing long before they stop nursing from mom.

Baby rhinos start grazing long before they stop nursing from mom.

If the baby is a male, he will stay with the herd until 12-15, then venture out on his own, if its a female she will stay with the herd permanently.

If the baby is a male, he will stay with the herd until 12-15, then venture out on his own, if its a female she will stay with the herd permanently.

Tag! You're it!

Tag! You’re it!

In the wild elephants nurse from their mother until she has another baby, usually about 4-5 years.

In the wild elephants nurse from their mother until she has another baby, usually about 4-5 years.

Rhino mothers use their horns to help guide and direct their babies.

Rhino mothers use their horns to help guide and direct their babies.

Brothers and sisters-elephants have strong family bonds, and the adults all take part in the care of the babies.

Brothers and sisters-elephants have strong family bonds, and the adults all take part in the care of the babies.

rhino with tire

This lucky one is enjoying some playtime at the Rhino Orphanage.

Each elephant's ear is unique and is used as a a type of fingerprint for identification.

Each elephant’s ear is unique and is used as a a type of fingerprint for identification.

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Rhino of the Week: Ntombi

Ntombi's wounds.

Ntombi’s wounds.

There are so many amazing stories about our magnificent pachyderms, I thought it’d be fitting to spotlight one each week. Some are miraculous like Thandi, and others heartbreaking, but they all bring a face to their cause.

This week is about Ntombi. Her name means “lady” but perhaps “warrior” would’ve been more fitting. The two month old rhino was with her mother when they were attacked by poachers. The mother was dehorned and killed and Ntombi was slashed 18 times with machetes and axes. It is believed she approached the poachers when they were attacking her mother, perhaps in an effort to defend her.

She is currently living at the Rhino Orphanage (see site I have listed ), and recovering from wounds through her horn and sinus areas. Some of the cuts appear quite deep. As if its not bad enough, the poor girl is also uncomfortable from teething!

Hopefully she will continue to recover.

Ntombi with her caregiver at the Rhino Orphanage.

Ntombi with her caregiver at the Rhino Orphanage.

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