Emergency Rhino Orphan Appeal

Friday 16 April 2021

THIS LITTLE GUY URGENTLY
NEEDS OUR HELP

He’s just a few days old and he’s fighting for his life. 

Our team on the ground at Zululand Rhino Orphanage received an urgent call to rescue this orphaned rhino calf. We are committed to providing all we can to ensure he survives.

The first few weeks of this little guy’s life are critical, he needs veterinary support, milk and round-the-clock care and protection to pull through. 

UPDATE - Little Guy has a Name!

30th April 2021

Today we can announce that Little Guy's name is Inkululeko (or Leko for short), which means ‘Freedom’ in the local Zulu language. His name was chosen by a very generous supporter of Helping Rhinos and the Zululand Rhino Orphanage. It is very Apt as his name was given to him on Freedom Day in South Africa. 

Your Donation can still be DOUBLED

Thanks to a wonderful gesture from one of our supporters, every gift, to a value of £5,000 received, will be matched. So if you're considering a gift to Leko, or for any additional donations that you might be able to make, your gift will be DOUBLED. 

To date we have raised over £10,000 of our £20,000 target for this little guy’s critical care, food and veterinary support. Can you help us reach our target for this baby orphan?

£20,000 will give Little Guy the round-the-clock care he needs to nurture him his first vulnerable year. It will also help to keep the Zululand Rhino Orphanage secure and protected for all the rhino orphans (and hippos) currently in their care.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch previous videos, including Little Guy's dramatic arrival

BABY RHINO FOUND IN DISTRESS

When the call came in, the Zululand Rhino Orphanage team sprang into action. A baby rhino, just two days old, had been found, vulnerable, traumatized and desperately in need of nourishment. Sadly, his mother was unable to provide the first milk he desperately needed; her udders were severely damaged, infected and not functioning. The vet team concluded that her general health was very poor and heartbreakingly decided she should be euthanized. Had the little guy been left with her, he would not have survived another night.

With expert Vet, Trevor Viljoen and the help of some of the Rhino Orphanage team, a hydration drip was inserted and the little guy was blindfolded before helicopter pilot, Orton Bosman, airlifted them all to safety. It then became a race against time to carry the little guy to a warm and secure pen, measure his vital signs and start him on his long road to recovery.


Can you help this little rhino orphan?

He needs a milk feed every two hours to keep him well fed and hydrated, twenty-four hour round-the-clock care to comfort him just as a mother would, and he needs professional veterinary support to ensure his growth and wellness is constant.

Please give what you can.

EVERY DONATION BETWEEN 28TH APRIL AND 5TH MAY UP TO £5,000 WIlL MATCHED MEANING YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED

Adoption

£10

could help pay for

one days milk for
Little Guy
 

Adoption

£20

could help pay for

Little Guy's round the
clock care

Adoption

£50

could help pay for

Little Guy's critical veterinary and medication costs

Adoption

Choose your own amount

£

Every rhino really does count and only with your support can we get this little guy through his first traumatic weeks and months.

It costs approximately £1,500 per month to nurse a rhino orphan through his first precarious years but, with one rhino still being poached every day, every rhino we can rescue and nurture to adulthood will make a difference to the survival of the species - this little guy is no exception. Most orphans are cared for and protected for up to three years before they can be released back into the wild.

Thank you in advance of your generosity and rest assured, we will keep you up to date with his progress and growth.

P.S. The Little Guy doesn’t have a name yet but watch this space.

Videos of Little Guy's progress since being rescued

Little Guy Arrives at the Orphanage

Little Guy's First Milk Feed

Little Guy's Plasma Transfusion

Night Time with Little Guy

Previous Updates

UPDATE - A Visit from the Vet

20th April 2021

'Little Guy' has had a visit from Trever the vet and it was decided that our adorable baby rhino should receive a plasma transfusion. This is deemed critical now as he did not receive the vital nutrients he needed from his mum.

The plasma, which was extracted from a healthy, adult rhino, will help boost his immune system and give him a better chance of survival.

This is still a critical time for a vulnerable baby rhino who has lost his mum. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I have you haven't yet donated to help care for 'Little Guy', he would be grateful for your contribution.

UPDATE - Your Donation Doubled

28th April 2021

Today we received a wonderful gesture from one of our supporters, who has agreed to match every gift to a value of £5,000.  So if you are considering a gift to Little Guy, or for any additional donations that you might be able to make, your gift will be DOUBLED. 

To date we have raised an amazing £10,000 of our £20,000 target for this Little Guy’s critical care, food and veterinary support. Can you help us reach our target for this baby orphan?

£20,000 will give Little Guy the round-the-clock care he needs to nurture him his first vulnerable year. It will also help to keep the Zululand Rhino Orphanage secure and protected for all the rhino orphans (and hippos) currently in their care.