Yesterday a small press conference was held at Kariega Game Reserve to inform our local media and supporters of the great news that Thandi is pregnant. Thank you to all who made it out to the reserve to share this special moment with us, and thank you to Alan, Jason, Dr Fowlds and Jo for organising the event.
Thandi and Themba
Kariega Game Reserve is most pleased to announce that recent blood results reveal Thandi is pregnant! Wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds, who has been by Thandi's side since she was poached in March 2012 comments...
This short clip was uploaded by documentary filmmaker Rian van der Walt when he recently visited Kariega Game Reserve to shoot for 'Heroes of the Rhino War' - a project in collaboration with the Wilderness Foundation to tell the inspirational and at times heartbreaking stories of the unsung heroes in the war against poaching.
This song and music video was written, produced and performed by local musician Paddy Gobel after he was touched by the tragedy of rhino poaching and the story of Thandi and Themba.
This video was recently shared with us by Simon Jones of Helping Rhinos NGO. Simon spent 6 weeks with the Kariega Conservation Volunteer Programme in 2010, and got to spend time with Thandi and the other Kariega Rhino at the game park in South Africa. It was very special to see this footage of Thandi as she was before she was poached. Thank you so much Simon for sharing this footage with us.
We were happy to receive this update from Thandi's keeper, and Kariega Game Reserve operations manager Jason Loest: "She is doing fine and is calm and relaxed and although one never truly knows what an animal might be feeling I would have to say she looks quite content. She is displaying an almost inquisitive nature by..."
On 18 October Simon Jones, founder of the NGO Helping Rhinos, paid a visit to Thandi - a big part of his inspiration for starting a great organisation geared to rhino conservation and awareness. Simon spent six weeks in the Kariega Conservation Volunteer Programme, and recently returned to the reserve to see Thandi. He took some lovely images. Thank you Simon for sharing, and for the great work you do through Helping Rhinos.
We love this great footage of white rhino at Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape - featuring mother, father and calf all together. If you haven't been on safari at Kariega, this video gives a bit of insight into what it's like out in the African bush atop the open safari vehicle, guided by an experienced and knowledgable game ranger.
We received this message from Dr Fowlds this morning. Although it is sad news, we are still positive about Thandi's health and recovery and are sure that her resilience and fighting spirit will prevail. A massive thank you to Dr Fowlds for all your amazing work for Thandi, and all the very hard decisions you have had to make throughout the recovery period. We have no doubt that she could not be in better hands. Thank you too to the surgical doctors, Drs Johan Marias and Alistair Lamont, who flew up from Gauteng without charge to check on Thandi, as well as to Idexx who will be doing Thandi's blood tests. On the bright side, we will be holding thumbs that blood results will reveal she is pregnant!
Thandi the rhino at Kariega Game Reserve has undergone many surgeries and treatments since her horn was hacked off in March last year. This morning, 19 months after she was poached, the Kariega team and Thandi's doctors are preparing for what we hope will be her last treatment procedure.