Zimbabwe's famous orphan rhino 'Tatenda' dies - game park

2016-10-01 15:49


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe's best-known orphan rhino Tatenda, the star of a TV documentary, has died suddenly at the age of nine, the game park he lived on confirmed on Friday.

Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation said in a post to Facebook: "Our hearts are broken as we mourn Tatenda and his life... RIP our darling boy."

"Tendi was a symbol of hope for his species, for Imire and for the world and he instilled a love for rhino in the thousands that met him," Imire added.

It's not clear why he died.

Tatenda's story was beamed around the world when poachers killed his mother and three other black rhinos on the game park in November 2007. He was only six weeks old.

Overcome by the horror of what had happened, Imire owner Judy Travers has since said that she lived in a sleeping bag beside him for the next month, bottle-feeding him. He then moved into the Travers' family house, sometimes even sleeping on a bed. His story was shown in the Animal Planet documentary "There's a Rhino in My House."

Condolences are coming in from those who knew Tatenda and his story.

Wrote Rachel Miller on Facebook: "My heart breaks for the Imire family. I saw 'a Rhino in my house' when I was young and am so grateful to have fulfilled my dream to meet him as an adult. 

"When I volunteered at Imire, every morning I would have my coffee, take Tendy an apple and would marvel at his absolute magnificence," she added.

Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force wrote: "Heartbroken my nephew passed away tatenda R.I.P my condolences to the travers i am going to miss him badly."

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.