SA gets rhino orphanage

2012-03-13 21:01

Johannesburg - A hundred rhino were killed by poachers in the first two months of 2012, a spokesperson for the newly launched "rhino orphanage" in Limpopo said on Tuesday.

This compares with 400 rhinos killed in the whole of 2011.

"South Africa is home to more than 90% of the rhino on the planet and the world's first rhino orphanage will be a major step forward in the battle to protect the species," said Arrie van Deventer of the Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort.

The centre would take in baby rhinos who were orphaned or injured by poaching.

"The centre will not be open to the public in order for the rhinos to be protected and have the very best chance of survival," he said.

They would ultimately be released back into the wild.

Van Deventer said the orphanage would have specialist medical facilities to care for these often extremely young and badly injured creatures.

This would include an intensive care unit and a special ambulance to transport them under proper medical supervision from the place of the killing.

  • duettists - 2012-03-13 21:25

    This is a step in the right direction, but what a shame that so many rhinos have been slaughtered in South Africa. When will people in the East realise that rhino horn is a USELESS ingredient in medicine?

      christo.stone - 2012-03-13 21:43

      They are a bunch of's the same with people who thinks raping babies cures aids and all those stupid myths... People need to be educated.

      AquaticApe - 2012-03-13 22:35

      People in the west also believe in nonsense 'cures'; they call it homeopathy!

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-14 07:33

      What are the governments of these Eastern countries doing about it? What pressure are we putting on them to find resolutions and to educate their dumb citizens about this?

      TSR01 - 2012-03-14 09:13

      AquaticApe, the key difference in this case is that rare or endangered species aren't hunted to the brink of extinction in the name of alternative medicine - homeopathy does not use rhino horn.

  • melody.deandrade - 2012-03-14 00:37

    I will support them as long as they do not stockpile rhino horns in time to come. The rhino released into the wild must have their horns treated. Word spreads quickly once that is done. In the areas where this has been done have had zero poaching incidents since. They must also not agree to the legislation of rhino hunting now and in the future. Give us your full mandate and you will be supported by the rhino troopers, Saving Private Rhino, Rhino Rescue and Oscap

  • Arlene - 2012-03-14 07:02

    Absolutely fantastic... About time something positive is done

  • Brett - 2012-03-14 07:14

    Awesome news! It is a great concept and it will help injured and traumatised animals... I just hope that they are not released back into the wild until such time that the fight against rhino poaching is under control, that's if and when?

  • Elsabe - 2012-03-14 10:28

    If there are any orphans! The babies hardly ever survive cause they also get killed!! If our government can get off the gravy train and start acting this wont be necessary but alas ...

  • lauraconno - 2012-03-14 11:35

    Fantastic....May they get all the support they need. (So sad to think that our country has been forced to do this tho)

  • Caroline - 2012-03-20 06:47

    For heavens sake please don't mention where this orphanage is. Don't mention areas or names which can be traced. The rhino murderers (may they rot in hell) will be so pleased to have all this information.

  • Caroline - 2012-03-20 06:53

    Aquatic Ape, you have just made a fool of yourself!

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