On a recent visit to this amazing charitable organisation we had the opportunity to meet some incredibly cute little rhino orphans that are being cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers, and headed up by the inspirational Petronel Niewoudt.  The orphanage arose only a few years ago, out of need for a safe refuge for baby rhinos who’s mothers have been slaughtered for their horns. Horns that are made of nothing more than KERATIN (a form of compacted hair) but that are prized by Far-eastern countries for all manner of imaginary healing properties, or simply as a status-symbol.  These ridiculous  and primitive beliefs have already resulted in the EXTINCTION of  Asian sub-species as well as the Northern White Rhino, and are now fueling the decimation of the few thousand surviving Rhinos in Southern Africa.  This, after only narrowly escaping extinction in the 1970’s! Whether the genetic pool can survive another similar near-extinction event so soon, is a question we will not be able to answer for a few years yet. But it is a distinct possibility (even a probability) that it will be answered in our lifetime, and this species becomes EXTINCT. And that’s forever…

This is the reason Sanparks and the Care-For-Wild Team are trying so hard to save each and every little rhino baby that they can, at any cost. And the trustees of Animal Saviours have tried to add a tiny little bit by purchasing some good quality food for their Attack-Dogs, some warm clothes for the staff, and 4 new bridles and riding helmets for their Mounted Patrol.

Below are some serious little cuties little enjoying their bottles of warm tea/milk.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 12 August 2017

It is with enormous regret that we heard about the tragic accident that claimed the life of Care-For-Wild Guarddog “Didi”. A donation to help with the veterinary treatment that was administered to try to save her life will be made by Animal Saviours. We are so sad, our hearts go out to all those who knew her.

You can learn more about the wonderful things Care for Wild are doing here

Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre:  December 2016

We funded the purchased and installation of a new hot water boiler at the Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre in Dullstroom, South Africa. This now means they have hot water available to bath and clean wounded birds and help them get onto the road to recovery more quickly.
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Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre:

We have been working with Francoise Anthony of the famous Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage (you may know her from the book ‘The Elephant Whisperer’!) to help us find some worthy causes to support in the fight against poaching in Africa. Francoise put us in touch with Dr. Mike Toft BVSc MRCVS, who is a respected wildlife vet and is working tirelessly in the Kwazulu-Natal region of South Africa to de-horn vulnerable rhino, remove poachers snares, and fit tracker collars to wild animals. Much of this work needs to be performed in the dark, as many of the animals are most active at night.
 
Dr Toft required a new night vision scope to allow him to dart injured wildlife during these nocturnal hours. We are very proud to have funded the purchase of the new scope which allows Dr Toft to continue his endeavours to treat injured wildlife after the sun has gone down. Below are some photos of the scope and Dr Toft with a Hyena, which has had a tracking collar fitted.

 

Night Scope
Night Scope
Mike Toft at work
Dr Mike Toft at work
Night Scope mounted
Night Scope mounted

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: May 2017

A visit to Thula Thula afforded us the opportunity to meet the indomitable Françoise Anthony and her new team of volunteers. We did a “supermarket sweep” on the way down and delivered a car-boot full of groceries to ensure that the new team would have sufficient sustenance to get them settled, and help them start the new Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Good luck guys!

Swan Rescue of Wychbold:

An examination and treatment table was sourced and delivered to the Swan Rescue Centre in Wychbold. More information about Swan Rescue can be found here:
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Domestic Animal Care:

We contributed to enable Domestic Animal Care, based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to purchase a new ambulance. You can find out more about them here:
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Prolife Animal Rescue:

A set of surgical instruments was purchased to allow Prolife, based in Nelspruit, South Africa, to continue neutering local street dogs. More details on this great cause can be found here
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And 2 dogs in the Droitwich are were helped with surgical procedures that improved their quality of life.

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