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2018 Dancing For Rhinos: Meet Iconic Rhino Carer

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The sixth consecutive The Kariega Foundation are grateful benefactors and supporters of this inspiring initiative. One of the 2018 Dancing for Rhinos guests of honour is iconic rhino carer James Mwenda. James is a conservationist and was the carer of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino that died of old age in Kenya earlier in 2018.

The Dancing for Rhinos show is an emotive re-enactment of the events that took place on the night of 2 March 2012 when three rhino where poached at Kariega Game Reserve. The dancers tell the story of rhino Themba’s heart-breaking death, and rhino Thandi’s courageous and triumphant fight for survival culminating in the joy of the birth of her calves Thembi and Colin.

The Dancing for Rhinos team play a critical role in keeping the spotlight firmly focused on the plight of rhino. It reminds the local and international community that this conservation war is far from over as approximately three rhino a day continue to lose their lives to poaching in South Africa alone.

Buy your tickets to the 2018 Dancing for Rhinos show now

Meet Iconic Carer of Last Male Northern White Rhino

One of the guests of honour at the 2018 Dancing for Rhinos event is James Mwenda. James was the caretaker of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino that died of old age in Kenya earlier in 2018. In his powerful eulogy to Sudan, James promised to try his best to live for what Sudan taught him and to be his voice. Dancing for Rhinos provides an opportunity for James to do just that - use the spotlight to open peoples hearts and minds to the insanity of rhino poaching.

James Mwenda with the last male northern white rhino Sudan

Dancing for Rhinos 2018 promises to be an evening to remember. Buy your tickets to the 2018 Dancing for Rhinos show now. You can email the organisers on if you would like to contribute to their efforts.

Live Facebook Feed with Iconic Rhino Carer at Kariega

We are very excited that James has accepted our invitation to visit Kariega Game Reserve on 23 and 24 May 2018. We hope to introduce James to rhino Thandi and her family. We will also spend time sharing ways to further protect and care for rhino. Both Kariega Game Reserve and the Kariega Foundation believe that Sudan, Thandi and James are powerful ambassadors for rhino conservation and that through working together much can be achieved. 

We are planning a live Facebook video feed at 12.30pm on Thursday 24 May 2018 to share discussions with James and our Kariega conservation team. We also hope to find rhino Thandi and family for this live feed. Please like and follow our Kariega Facebook page to view this live video. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates. Please add any questions that you would like us to answer in the comments below.