Zululand Rhino Orphanage was created by the Zululand Conservation Trust and Helping Rhinos in response to a poaching incident at our previous orphanage partner in 2017. Following much deliberation, the decision was taken to close the facility for security reasons, but there was a need to rehome the rhino (and hippo!) that resided at the previous orphanage.
Zululand Rhino Orphanage is the only dedicated rhino orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal and is operated by a dedicated team who provide 24 hour care to all the rhino and hippo orphans.
The goal of the orphanage is to return all the orphans back to the wild as soon as they are old enough and strong enough.
WHY DO WE NEED THE ZULULAND RHINO ORPHANAGE?
With the unprecedented increase in poaching of rhino in the last decade we have seen a huge rise in the number of calves left orphaned as a result of attacks on their mothers. Sometimes the little rhino baby is left grieving over the loss of its mother, but on many occasions, the calf is also badly injured. The poachers will attack the baby to stop it 'interrupting' them while they try and remove the horn from its mum before the anti-poaching patrols reach them.
With so many rhino lost to poachers, over 7,000 in the last ten years, every life matters as we work to save one of Africa's most iconic species.
Zululand's only dedicated
specialist rhino orphanage.
Goal of releasing all orphans
back into the wild.
Ideal habitat for both white
and black rhino.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
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!
For security reasons the Zululand Rhino Orphanage is in a secret location and is not open to the public.
Working in Partnership
Helping Rhinos is a proud partner of the Zululand Rhino Orphanage. At a time when all species of rhino face the very real threat of extinction, the criticality of saving every rhino we can has never been greater. In 2017 and 2018 Helping Rhinos was the largest single contributor to the work of Zululand Rhino Orphanage.
Helping Rhinos run the 'Adopt a Rhino Orphan' programme in collaboration with Zululand Rhino Orphanage.
Together our achievements include:
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