The orphaned Rhinos at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)

It is with mixed feelings that we report that HESC accepted another two baby orphaned rhinos over the last month.

The first newcomer, a young rhino bull, arrived on Wednesday 13th April. A field guide on a neighbouring property noticed that the approximately 2 week’s old calf was being rejected by his mother.  The young bull had no chance of survival without intervention, and was brought in to HESC for immediate and urgent care. He was named Nhlanhla, which means ‘luck’ in isiZulu. Nhlanhla is making good progress gaining strength by the day.

On Sunday, 24th April, HESC took acceptance of another baby orphaned rhino.  The mother was savagely poached. She was named Olivia. She was extremely traumatised and thin, but we are confident that little Olivia will pull through.

We are pleased on the progress of our first four rhino orphans at HESC. They are doing extremely well and are completely comfortable in one another’s space.

It is disheartening that many of the game farms are selling their rhinos due to the huge security threat and financial costs to protect the rhinos, families and workers on these reserves, placed at risk.

Read more on our blog; www.hesc.co.za/blog/

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