January 8th - 14th Blog Post

'DISUNITY' UPDATE:

We left Europe and have finally arrived in NYC to attend a fundraiser for the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Unfortunately, both Garth and I have picked up a horrible flu during our travels and have been pretty much unable to leave our beds. To perk up our spirits we were very happy to hear of some fantastic arrests lately of poachers in South Africa but unfortunately, the slaughter of rhinos still goes on. Just this morning, Madikwe Game Reserve found the 4 day old carcass of a adult bull rhino. 

Graphic pictures below:

Photo credit: Madikwe Game Reserve

Photo credit: Madikwe Game Reserve

Photo credit: Madikwe Game Reserve 

Photo credit: Madikwe Game Reserve 

CARE FOR WILD UPDATE:

Leo and Faye, who were rescued within a few days of each other in late December, have settled in and most importantly bonded with each other. Petronel said 'they are both drinking well and are on their way to recovery." We can't wait to meet these two when we get back to South Africa!

Photo credit: Care for Wild Africa

Photo credit: Care for Wild Africa

Little Sibevu is also doing incredibly well after her miraculous survival from a gun shot wound. As you can see in the video below, her injury has almost completely healed. 

January 1st-7th Blog Post

'DISUNITY' UPDATE:

On behalf of the 'Disunity' team, we hope all our backers had a fantastic festive season spent with friends and family! We've confirmed some incredible exclusive interviews for next year which we cannot wait to show you. These interviews will be sure to have everyone in rhino conservation talking and as our backers you will be getting exclusive sneak peaks into the behind the scenes of these once in a lifetime interviews.

We also recently spent some time with Nigel Monaghan, who is the curator of the Natural History Museum of Ireland. Nigel kindly let us take over the museum for an entire day! Some may ask why we interviewed Nigel all the way over in Ireland? Well, every single country in the European Union has had some kind of attack on their museums, auction houses and private estates with millions of dollars of rhino horn being stolen by an Irish gang. In a way, it truly is the perfect crime. Unlike stolen art which is generally quite hard to fence on a black market, rhino horn is pretty much untraceable. The post-mortem poaching crisis in Europe was so bad that museums were actively dehorning their rhino exhibits. 

Nigel Monaghan - Natural History Museum of Ireland 

Nigel Monaghan - Natural History Museum of Ireland 

We also had quite a few clips of ours that went viral, with the 'Baby Rhino CPR' being shown on countless news outlets and talks shows around the world! Here is the video below in case you missed it:

CARE FOR WILD –

NEW ORPHAN RHINO ARRIVALS:

As we approached the end of 2016, so we thought it would be an easy and quiet Christmas. Little did we know that two more rhino orphans were to be rescued before the end of the year!

On the 22nd of December 2016, a female rhino was shot in the Orpen area of the Kruger National Park. Shortly after the game scouts discovered this, a rhino calf ran to the Timbavati area. The helicopter was called in and a male rhino calf was slung to the bomas at Skukuza. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary was contacted and the calf was collected the following day. He spent the night on drips and now he is a happy calf and being introduced to other rhinos. 

 

New Baby Rhino Leo at Care for Wild 

New Baby Rhino Leo at Care for Wild 

On the morning of the 25th of December 2016, field rangers on patrol in the Skukuza section of the Kruger National Park saw a badly injured rhino cow and reported it. Dr Peter Buss and his team darted the cow and after investigation found that it was impossible to save her. The poachers shot her leg off with a high calibre rifle resulting in her bones being shattered. The heart-breaking decision had to be made to euthanize her. We can say that the mother rhino did not suffer for long and that lions and hyenas did not hurt the calf. The female calf came from an area near Mlaleni at Pretoriuskop, known for the prickly pears in the area. We decided to name her Faye which means Confidence, Trust and Belief as well as translates to ‘Fairy’ in French. The name really fits her perfectly.

 

(Video of airlift courtesy of Bruce McDonald.)

'DISUNITY' DOCUMENTARY UPDATE

Woah! It's nearly been 3 months since we started on this adventure to create a documentary and with your help we have filmed some incredible interviews with the heroes on the front line of the rhino war, we've been there when an orphan rhino arrived at a rhino orphanage and we unfortunately witnessed much loved Black rhino 'Thor' pass away at Care for Wild. 

But more importantly, you helped buy some much need equipment for the world's largest rhino orphanage 'Care for Wild' and so far we have delivered the following items to them on behalf of you:

THERMAL IMAGING AND NIGHT VISION:

  • 1 x The Pulsar Thermal Imaging Scope (Sponsored by Stephanie Fuller)
  • 1 x Pulsar Battery Pack
  • 1 x Pulsar Night Vision Goggles
  • 1 x Pulsar Infra Red Illuminator
  • 1 x Newton Video Recorder (for storing evidence) 

ORPHAN RHINO TRANSPORT CRATE:

The new customised orphan rhino transport crate will soon be under construction. We are expecting it to be finished by the end of August or the beginning of September. This crate was sponsored by Sean and Laura Muir. We are incredibly excited to be meeting Sean, when he comes to South Africa for a personal VIP tour of Care for Wild!

SOLAR PANELS, DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES, FLOODLIGHTS, SPOTLIGHTS, REGULATOR AND INVERTER: 

Now this was a challenge to complete as we had to install an entire solar based system! We are so happy with the final results and wish we could take more photos and videos for everyone who helped get us over the $60,000 mark but due to security reasons we are unable to show too much of the security operation of which the new lighting system is a part of.

However, we have taken some little snippets of all the gear you helped to buy and we are glad to say that the lights are an extra defence layer and the guards are most grateful as these lights could potentially save their lives in an attack by poachers. 

'DENKAVIT' MILK FOR ORPHAN RHINOS:

We promised that with every donation from $10 and up we will give a percentage to help buy bags of 'Denkavit' which is used as a specialised milk to help feed the orphan rhinos. In June an order of 29 bags of 'Denkavit' milk was placed with Midfeeds and in July we delivered 25 bags of the 29 that were ordered. Fortunately it was just in time as a new orphaned arrived a week later. 

We would also like to personally thank Candace Maloney, her daughter Hannah and everyone from Jackson Elementary in California who raised an incredible $700 to help buy extra milk for the orphan rhinos.