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.
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.
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.)