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Hope Floats

Christmas is a time to believe in miracles; a time of hope, faith and love. Please carry that with you as you go forth and spread the word about the war on poaching. Rhinos and elephants are poached at an alarming rate (2 a day for rhinos and 80 a day for elephants), and their future is uncertain. But, they are still here. And while they fight to survive, we must fight for them.

If little Ntombi had the courage to fight the poachers away from her mom, then the determination to fight for survival after those same poachers turned on her with machete attacks, who are we not to keep fighting for her? (Ntombi’s story)

Karen Trendler with Ntombi at the Rhino Orphanage.

Little Kiliguni, the orphan elephant, found dehydrated , wandering alone through the savanna after his mother was poached, tail bitten off, and chunks taken out of his ears from the hyenas who came to feast on his mother’s poached body. He was resilient! Joining the other orphans, forming new familial bonds, and overcoming the odds. Who are we not to take on that spirit and soldier on for others like him? (Kilanguni’s story)

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Kilanguni being bottle fed at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

And the most phenomenal miracle of all: Miss Thandi. Poached, her face hacked open, blood loss, yet still trying to stand, telling us she wasn’t done yet. Treated again and again and again for her wounds, now pregnant! Fighting to survive and to carry on, now gifting the world with another life. How dare anyone give up hope now? If Thandi can carry on, have the will, the strength to persevere, we MUST persevere as well. (Thandi’s story)

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Thandi alive and well, 3 months pregnant.

These animals fought for their lives, they are sending us the message they want and need to carry on. We must balance the scales, and help them not just to survive, but to thrive. The dream of seeing a crash of rhino in the wild or a giant heard of elephants marching through the savana-it can come true. It will if we unite and work toward this.

Do not give up.

To donate to Helping Rhinos/Fight for Rhinos, please go to the donations page on the top or click on one of the donations buttons.

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Heart-tugging Tales from the Rhino Orphanage

Guest Blog by: Karen Trendler of THE RHINO ORPHANAGE (via Ayesha Cantor)


 Managing a rhino orphanage means that we have Rhino Monday to Sunday !

 Rhino have a lot more personality and character than most people generally assume. They are inquisitive, playful and even show a sense of humour. As for intelligence, they have it when they need it but don’t waste energy on writing theses or showing off their intellectual prowess. Unlike elephant, rhino ‘don’t do’ the whole emotional angst thing.

 Don’t believe me? Spend a day with these incredible creatures and you will never think of rhino in the same way again.

 Nyani, our prematurely born calf was out on a walk yesterday when we came across a large toktokkie beetling along. Nyani put her lips very gently onto the beetle. The beetle dropped down and kept dead still. She lifted her head and he starting walking again; so she put her lips on him and he stopped  – this was repeated a few times until she got bored and he beetled off happily.  Walks with our rhino tracking dog Duma now involve a shuffle between the two of them over the ball ( and she knows exactly how to wind him up and chase him when his puppy behavior gets too much). Last night she was fascinated by a praying mantis on the wall, hopping and squeaking away in horror when it flittered against her face. Nyani has the pillow issue sorted. As a high risk prem calf we have someone with her 24 hours a day.  There is no ‘my pillow, – your pillow’ , the pillows are all  ‘her’ pillows (and she is very subtle about how she moves in to take full possession).

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Nyani climbing up to pillows.

 We have our black rhino who plays games with the sliding barrier. We slide it open, he slides it closed. This game can go on for as long as he thinks he needs to keep us amused.  He doesn’t want to get out and makes no move to push through the gate, it is simply a game. That prehensile black rhino lip gets up to all kinds of mischief and he will fiddle for hours to remove a cotter pin or latch that we thought was rhino proof and couldn’t be removed.

 Pemba and Muffin, two little bull calves of 5 and 7 months spend hours chasing warthog and guinea fowl, waiting patiently until the prey get close enough and then chasing them round and around the camp. At other times, they will tolerate the hogs and fowl within two inches of their horns and not blink at eye.

 The group of six have a thing for hats – not the conventional kind, the rubber water bowl and trough kind. It is not unusual to walk into the boma to find at least one of them wearing a rubber water trough on its head or horn.  Ntombi, the calf who survived a brutal panga assault knows exactly how to get attention (and milk) at night….she simply bangs the door to her sleeping quarter as hard as she can until room ( or is that boma ) service arrives.


The “Hooligans” Ntombi, Nkwe, and Pemba

The rhino poaching crisis is horrific and our rhino are being subjected to unbelievable levels of cruelty and suffering, But rhino are incredibly tough and are the stoics of the animal world. Not a day goes by that I am not humbled by the ability of these rhino calves to survive incredible trauma and injuries against all odds and just get on with it.  If they can fight this hard to survive ; we have no excuse not to carry on fighting and ensure that this incredible specie is not lost.

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The Hooligans


Hooligans at play!

South Africa’s Rhino Orphanage is home to three special residents: Ntombi, Nkwe and Pemba. They are affectionately referred to as the Hooligans. The three have all lost their mothers due to poaching, but have found a degree of normalcy and solace in each other.

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The welcoming committee for the newest orphan resident.

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Even mischief-making hooligans need their sleep at the end of a long day.

The rhino who are rescued and brought to the Orphanage get a second chance at life, yet what happens to them when they are rehabilitated and released into the wild? The same danger still awaits them. To date, 556 rhino have been poached this year alone. Their future is in question. The Asian demand for horn is destroying the rhino.

Please sign: Stop Rhino Poaching AWF (African Wildlife Foundation)

Call for US to Reject SA Rhino Horn Trade

Call for UK to Reject SA Rhino Horn Trade

To donate go to: The Rhino Orphanage to help them continue caring for the Hooligans.

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Ntombi Update

Back in January little Ntombi became another poaching casualty. The orphan survived a brutal attack and is recovering well.
See previous post: Rhino of the Week: Ntombi

Please enjoy the latest video footage of Ntombi:  Press HERE to see video:
Ntombi updated
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