Posts Tagged With: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Unusual Rhino Encounter in Kenya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya: Guests were in for a rare treat on safari. They happened upon this group of rhinos. The unusual part? It was a black rhino mom and calf meeting up peacefully with a white rhino mom and calf.

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Lights, Camera, Action: for Wildlife

Like movies? Care about world conservation? Then New York is the place to be Oct. 16th through Oct. 20th.

The New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival attracts over 4,000 attendees from the conservation, education, wildlife film and travel industries; including representatives from NATURE, National Geographic, PBS, Smithsonian Channel as well as wildlife filmmakers, distributors, producers and newcomers to the industry.

The festival provides a chance for discussion and negotiation for business opportunities for experts and wildlife activists alike.  It also gives ample opportunity for the audience to interact with leading figures in the wildlife community.

There is a variety of film covering everything from otters to elephants. Check out the following rhino and anti-poaching  film trailers:

Spotter Come Home  (about a runaway rhino being brought back home to Lewa WIldlife Conservancy)

Boots on the Ground trailer  (about the Protrack anti-poaching rangers in the bush risking their lives to protect our rhino)

Rhinoceroses The Curse of the Magic Horn (about three different rhinos, and the threats they face)

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Karibu (welcome) Kilifi

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, northern Kenya: The youngest rhino orphan of the Conervancy was just named in a colorful ceremony a few days ago. As part of its fundraising efforts, for a donation, one can name and sponsor a rhino.

The privilege went to The Rhino Cement Foundation, as they named the little one Kilifi, in honor of the county of their first plant. Executive members from the company, political members from Kilifi and Masaai and Kaya elders from Kilifi were involved in the ceremony. They highly respected Kaya elders act as protectors of their communities’ forests, ecosystems, values and traditions and throughout generations have practiced conservation.

At the conclusion of the speeches, the baby was brought out by his caregivers and officially “received” his name, in addition to traditional blessings. Surrounded by people, the little one remained calm throughout.

For more information on sponsoring a rhino, while helping in their conservation and survival, go to Lewa Conservancy.

Kilifi ceremony

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A Friend for Nicky

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy welcomed another rhino orphan. The young rhino was orphaned just over a month ago when poachers killed his mother on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The calf was immediately moved to Lewa and is being hand-raised alongside Nicky. (see Rhino of the Week: Nicky) Their keepers say the two have become quick friends- feeding, playing and even sleeping together!

The new baby has yet to be named. Lewa has a fundraising program which entails the privilege of naming the orphans. For more info visit: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Nicky and the new baby sleeping together.

Nicky and the new baby sleeping together.

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Kamara-the keeper caring for the orphans.

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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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