Zululand's only dedicated specialist rhino orphanage

Goal of releasing all orphans back into the wild

Ideal habitat for both white and black rhino

South Africa's Zululand Rhino Orphanage was born out of tragedy.  Zululand's previously only dedicated rhino orphanage was brutally attacked by poachers in February 2017, and following much deliberation, the decision was taken to close the facility for security reasons. There was a need to rehome the rhinos (and hippo!) that resided at the previous orphanage.

The Zululand Conservation Trust, supported by Helping Rhinos, stepped in and created the Zululand Rhino Orphanage.

The dedicated team very quickly created the facilities needed to care for the two black rhino, two white rhino and a hippo that needed a new home. Intensive care units were constructed, exercise bomas were built and staff accommodation was created. In just six months the development of the facility has been outstanding, and the Zululand Rhino Orphanage is already caring for an additional two rhinos. It also has two pre-release bomas to help give the best possible chance of a successful life back in the wild.

Caring for and being 'mother' to a rhino baby is no easy task! It may look like the best job in the world, but it is a tough one. A baby rhino needs milk every two hours, 24 hours a day, and with no rhino mum on hand to provide the milk when it is needed, it falls to the human carers to provide the nourishment the baby needs. Sleep is definitely hard to come by for the surrogate mums!

Zululand is an area that is increasingly being targeted by rhino poachers, and the number orphans created by poaching attacks would not survive it it was not for facilities like the Zululand Rhino Orphanage. But thanks to the dedicated care of the professional carers, and to your support, these unfortunate, innocent victims of the brutality of poaching stand the best possible chance of survival and returning to a life in the wild, where they belong!

For security reasons the Zululand Rhino Orphanage is in a secret location and is not open to the public.

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