Posts Tagged With: Survival

Clash of the Titans


Check out these amazing photos of a black rhino brawl. A younger male confronted the older bull. Both endured battle wounds, but walked away in one piece, with the youngster eventually submitting to the more seasoned veteran.

Photos: Richard de Lange/Africa Geographic

Categories: Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mabuya the survivor

We wanted to share with you the story of resilience and survival this holiday season. Mubuya the rhino, has been beating the odds for most of her life, yet continues to persevere.

mabuya the blind rhino

Mabuya. photo: International Rhino Foundation

In 2005 while moving rhinos from an area overrun with poachers to a safer area in the Bubye Valley, a female rhino named Mabuya was tranquilized and readied for her move. The capture team immediately noticed scars indicating that she had been caught in a neck snare. Later, while drilling into her horn to place a tracking device, the veterinarian noticed an AK-47 bullet was lodged deep within her horn.

She had already survived TWO poaching attempts!

Three years later, Mabuya was in the midst of another attempted poaching.  This time when the team arrived at the crime scene, they discovered that Mabuya’s new calf had been killed. She and her sub-adult calf had survived.

Last year, Mabuya was discovered wandering blind and alone, separated from her sub-adult calf. She was quickly captured and brought in for medical attention. She had been shot through one eye and had a severe ulceration on the other. For days, a caretaker visited Mabuya to apply eye medicine and hand-feed her browse she had collected from the surrounding area.

During treatment, she miraculously gave birth yet again to a calf. This calf was later removed for hand rearing when he developed health issues.

Mabuya and baby

Mabuya and her baby. photo: International Rhino Foundation

Unfortunately, Mabuya never regained her sight. She was taken in for 8 months for closer monitoring and care. Then the decision was made to release her and let her have as normal a life as possible. She shares resources with other rehabilitated rhinos, and is monitored through her tracking chip regularly.

Thanks to our friends at the International Rhino Foundation for supporting Mabuya and the team who tirelessly care for her!

 

Categories: Rhino Ramblings, Rhino Spotlight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Journey of Hope

A few weeks ago we said farewell to Harapan, the only Sumatran rhino in North America, as he made his journey to Indonesia. Bittersweet, as he was a huge part of a highly successful conservation program here in the US; but inevitable if we are to do the species justice.

His move will both give him a richer life, and with the highest of hopes bring our world another baby Sumatran or two.

Here is the video of his epic journey.

 

Categories: Rhino Ramblings, Rhino Spotlight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rangers can’t do it alone-they need your help!

“Truly speaking, I didn’t believe it until the third day after. I asked myself why did this happen in OUR section? I didn’t know what to do, but deep down in my heart I was hurting seeing that rhinos lying helpless, (killed) for its horn.

One thing that kept coming in my mind was How did these people manage to get to this place without  anyone seeing them?   Many questions kept coming but with no answers.  As for my heart it was painful, as it is now answering these questions. I’m hurt; and your must remember if a rhino is poached under your supervision there’s a lot of suspense; and as a young field ranger like me, it can make or break your career.

All you have to do is to be mentally fit and tells yourself that tomorrow I’ll do better to save this species.”

ranger near poaching

Ranger at site of a rhino poaching incident in Kruger 01/15. Kate Brooks / Redux Pictures for Al Jazeera America

This ranger, as with many on the battlefields of the poaching war in Africa, is frustrated, and in need of help; help to fight against the scourge of poaching that threatens not only an entire species, but his career and family.

Rangers are trained in areas of wildlife; tracking animals, wildlife identification, patrol tactics and techniques…but with limited funding and time, they are not all skilled at “human” tracking. This is vital to stay a step ahead of poachers.

At Fight for Rhinos, we are looking to provide this essential training to their anti-poaching unit. This APU is located in southern Kruger, a hotspot for rhino poaching. Having lost rhino already, this makes them a target. Once poachers achieve success, they will come back, looking to repeat their success.

Your donations will directly impact this area; keeping not only the rhinos safer, but the rangers as well. Please help and give what you can. Your donations and purchases are urgently needed.

Our goal is to provide the training by February.

Illustration by Sophia Maria

 

 

Categories: Making a Difference, Ranger Heroes, Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Thandi: Life of a Survivor

Everyday there is another poaching, most of the time another life taken. But for the “lucky” few, they survive.

For those rhinos, it’s not just a matter of providing a bit of veterinary care, then sending them on their way. The physical and emotional toll it takes lasts the rest of their days.

A couple of months ago we were in Kariega Reserve and had the privilege of meeting one of my heroes, Thandi, the rhino who cheated what seemed certain death.

On our second siting of Thandi and “baby” Thembi, it was immediately obvious from a distance that something was different. As she moved through the grass, happily grazing with Thembi not far behind, the sun shone off her face showing a glint of red. Moving in closer, there was no doubt it was bloody and raw.

DSCF9751

Thandi, wound re-opened. photo: Fight for Rhinos

After numerous skin grafts, being anesthetized and treated, this is as good as it will ever be for her. Even the best of veterinary care and creative “bandaging”, cannot hold up to rhino life. There is a bull in the area who does what comes natural, the equivalent of rhino flirting. Through pushes and bumps, the thin skin over her nasal area isn’t as sufficient as the protection of her own horn.

She doesn’t seem to be in pain, as she happily munches her grass or gives Thembi “love taps”. In fact, the blood was the only sign something was wrong.

But as Thembi grows older, Thandi will mate again, hopefully making Thembi a big sister. Rhino mating is not a gentle process!

The Kariega staff and veterinary team keep a close eye on their star. She is in good hands, but seeing the occasional re-opening of the wound is a constant reminder of her struggle, of the long road we are all traveling in the poaching war to prevent other rhinos from the same horrible fate.

Thandi Thembi Kariega

Thandi and Thembi grazing and taking in the sun. photo: Fight for Rhinos

 

 

Categories: Rhino Ramblings, Rhino Spotlight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Only 3 rhinos left?!

Here’s a little clarity with the  “last white rhinos”…

There are five species of rhinos:

  • Javan
  • Sumatran
  • Greater one-horn (or Indian)
  • Black
  • White

Within the white rhinos species, there are two subspecies: the Northern whites and the Southern whites.

Southern white rhinos at the San Diego Zoo

There are no more than 20,000 SOUTHERN white rhinos left in Africa. However, poaching has taken a quicker toll on the NORTHERN whites. With the recent passing of Nola, the northern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo, there are now only 3 Northern white rhinos left on the planet.

The remaining three are under constant guard at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

four northerns 2

Northern white rhino under guard at OPC

LAST DITCH EFFORT FOR THE SPECIES

A few weeks ago, 6 southern white rhinos were flown from Africa to San Diego, California as part of an attempt to re-populate the northern white rhinos.

The plan involves implanting an embryo of a northern white rhino into a southern white. Researchers estimate it could take 10-15 years for the project to bear a successful birth.

We proudly support Ol Pejeta Conservancy and their protection of not just the remaining Northern white rhinos, but as part of one of the most successful black rhino sanctuaries in east Africa.

Please consider purchasing an ornament, a piece of art, making a donation or remember us when using Amazon smile. 100% of profits benefit Ol Pejeta, the Black Mambas, or one of our individual conservation campaigns.

 

 

Categories: Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival

Bear Grylls Survival Race

Bear Grylls is giving you the chance to prove that you have the same survivor instincts that he does by participating in a 10k survival race that he personally designed with his team.

This unique event is designed to test and develop your tenacity and adventurous spirit. It is a tough race requiring both physicality and courage. Bear and his team have ensured there is a minimum of 35+ obstacles to challenge racers along the course which will include a series of mud runs, obstacle races and survival challenges.

For more info see Bear Grylls Survival Race website.

bear grylls

The Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival Heat

Bear is passionate about saving the world’s rhinos from extinction and dedicates a lot of his time to this cause. To honour his passion for this cause, Bear has dedicated one of the 10k Survival Race heats to raise funds and awareness for the rhinos. This heat is called the “Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival” and will have exactly the same rules, regulations and obstacles as all the other 10k heats. There are only 400 tickets available for this exclusive heat, which is open to anyone over the age of 14.

By way of thanking you for choosing to race for the rhino, we have arranged for The Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival heat to be one of only three heats which will be started by Bear himself. In addition, the entry to this heat only is free for those who raise a minimum of £150 for the plight of the rhino. The funds raised will be split between four rhino charities working together to combat the poaching problem;  Tusk, Helping Rhinos, Rooting for Rhino and Wilderness Foundation.

For more info and to support our friends at Helping Rhinos : Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival

 

Categories: Making a Difference, Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victory for Kratos!

kratos rhinoThis is Kratos. Gorgeous, feisty, healthy-the perfect genes for breeding. But the conservancy he resides in deemed him aggressive, a troublemaker. Their solution-sell him in a trophy hunt.

The problem is that the conservancy can only legally hunt impalas and warthog. This violation has been the subject of a heated, urgent court battle this week, as the hunt was scheduled for the end of the week.

Fortunately justice and common sense prevailed, and he has been spared.

“…At the end of the day, none of this should have been necessary. Nature Conservation should not have granted a permit; a hunter shouldn’t have wanted to pay R1.2m to have one photo taken of him standing next to a slaughtered rhino. However, there are people out there who operate to a different agenda to normal, decent human beings and fortunately this time we have managed to foil them from achieving their objectives. Although we have won this battle, this is not an end to it and I will continue to fight against the needless slaughter of our wildlife.”  —Tim Fenner, the owner of Kichaka Luxury Lodge, who launched the urgent interdict. 

Thank you to OSCAP for keeping us up to date on the proceedings!

 

Categories: Good News, Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Your purchase and donation makes a difference for Rhinos!

ol pejeta babies

Caring for orphans at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya

RPU 3 on patrol

RPU on patrol, keeping rhinos safe in Indonesia.

rhino tracking VA

Tracking rhinos by Vision Africa in South Africa

We can’t all be in the field working with rhinos, but we CAN help the people who do. Educating communities, tracking rhinos, providing around the clock care and food for orphans, and keeping rangers safe with equipment as well as necessities…it takes funding

Last quarter, we helped
*Vision Africa Wildlife to secure the last piece of software they require to complete the development of their rhino tracking product and to provide body armour for their tracking dog
*helped provide GRU (Game Reserve United) with key software and the purchase of a quad bike for security and monitoring
*purchased veterinary and nursing equipment for Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage
*provided over $1000 usd to Ol Pejeta for daily costs

The only funding we can give them is what you help us with. The Art for Rhinos Auction, and individual donations help keep these people active in their jobs of caring for rhinos.  Without them, rhino conservation would only be a dream.

after the mudwallow closeup

After the Mudwallow up for AUCTION now!

 

Help us in the war on poaching! Auction ends June 9th at 11:55pm est. But donations are needed anytime.

Categories: Making a Difference, Poetry & Art, Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Using Art to help stop poaching of rhinos

How can this….

This Little Piggy went Wine Tasting by Will Bullas

This Little Piggy went Wine Tasting by Will Bullas

Stop this…?

rhino mom poached with baby near

Within the last 24 hours in South Africa

It’s fun, it’s beautiful and it makes a great talking piece for your living room. But this art, like all the pieces in our auction has a much more important goal: to raise funds to stop the slaughter of the iconic, majestic rhinos.

The above image just happened within the last 24 hours in South Africa. This all too common occurrence happens 4 times a day, everyday. The current rhino population CANNOT sustain this level of decimation.

At Fight for Rhinos, we work closely with our UK-based partners Helping Rhinos in carefully choosing a combination of projects that give our rhinos the best chance at a future. Currently this includes

  • assisting in the survival of orphans
  • keeping rangers active in the field
  • supporting and educating local communities on the importance of wildlife preservation.

Your purchase and/or donations are the only way we can keep this going.

Every SHARE, LIKE, RT…spreads awareness.
Every dollar donated, every piece sold…it DOES make a difference.

Please join us in this unique opportunity and help us help rhinos!  ART FOR RHINOS

 

 

 

Categories: Making a Difference, Poetry & Art, Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.