The 13 January 2015 will always be one of those amazing days to remember. It is the day that poaching survivor Thandi gave birth to her miracle calf Thembi (which means hope in isiXhosa).
Thandi and Themba
As part of the Kariega rhino protection programme we dehorn rhino on the game reserve. This involves regularly darting the animals and then safely and humanely removing their horns.
We all enjoy a positive rhino story, especially as the brutal rhino poaching deaths continue. We were delighted that Traveller24 included the playful video of rhino calf Thembi enjoying a game of tag in their list of the 5 Favourite Rhino Moments for 2015.
The South African Country Life Magazine September 2015 edition included an article on Thandi, Angie Goody and vet Dr William Fowlds. We are so pleased that Thandi’s inspiring story continues to be a driving force in the fight for the survival of rhino.
Young Thembi will be 9 months old on 13 October 2015. We take a brief look at the dehorning process that she will undergo when she is 15 months old.
World Rhino Day on 22 September 2015 encourages people to get involved in the fight against rhino poaching. A group of children at Fish Hoek Primary School in Cape Town joined in the action and raised R1,000 for the Kariega Foundation Save the Rhino fund.
The Kariega Volunteers took take part in the 2015 Rhino Run in Kenton-on-Sea on 20 September 2015.
Ahead of World Rhino Day 2015 we look back on the emotional journey of four rhinos at Kariega Game Reserve - Thandi, Themba, Bull #84 and little calf Thembi. Their story includes the brutality of poaching, terrible pain and loss but also incredible bravery, determination and hope.
On a sunny day rhino love to get dirty in a mud bath. This video shows rhino poaching survivor Thandi and her female white rhino calf Thembi having fun in the mud together at Kariega. Thembi was born on 13 January 2015 and is eight months old today.
The amazing story of rhino mum Thandi and her calf Thembi were featured in the South African You and Huisgenoot magazines in August 2015. Journalist Pieter van Zyl visited Kariega wildlife reserve and was able to meet the inspiring pair.