A black rhino calf cries out into the night in terror as poachers hack the horn from her still breathing mother. In terror, she runs into the bushes away from the horror and the noises.
After being recovered by the anti-poaching unit and receiving medical care to nurse her back to strength, Miss T is moved to a rhino orphanage to be hand-reared. Bearing in mind this was almost a decade ago and there wasn’t as much knowledge as there is now, she was put in an enclosure with white rhino.
At the time it was normal to raise black and white rhino together, unwittingly not realising that there are some unique traits that each have.
Black rhinos are considered to have less patience and tend to graze from bushes and low hanging leaves in thickets closely surrounded and protected. White rhinos have a more relaxed nature and graze on grass in wide-open spaces.
Miss T now displays characteristics of both black and white rhino. She moved to the reserve about 6 years ago and has had a remarkable survival story; despite her hearing difficulties and the eccentricities of being a white rhino in a black rhino’s body.
Her second calf was born recently and is a beautiful, bouncy and rather goofy girl. A very talkative one at that (due to Mom not having great hearing). This remarkable rhino is raising her children to be a very new kind of rhino. One that has traits of both rhinos!
At our reserve, a rhino protection levy is included as part of each guest’s visit. There are also guest activities that add to this fund. The fund is used to ensure that the Anti Poaching Unit has the equipment, materials and training they need to be able to successfully protect these vulnerable animals.
The story of Miss T is a testament to how hard these wildlife warriors work. Without this team, our reserve would not be able to provide the necessary protection for these inhabitants.
Help fund the protection of an endangered animal. Help keep Miss T and her calf safe.