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.
Our general manager at the reserve began by welcoming everyone, before handing over to Dr Fowlds who gave a very moving and informative presentation on Thandi's story and how it has spread across the world, inspiring people from all walks of life. Special tribute was paid to Nelson Mandela, after which Dr Fowlds shared the good news of Thandi's pregnancy - a beautiful silver lining in this sad time.
Dr Fowlds shared his experience of travelling to Vietnam with Thandi's story and brought us all up to date on the progress made on an international level, expressing a hope that we may reap the rewards of our efforts in the coming year. From a South African perspective, he emphasised the need to focus on our own communities to help reduce poaching.
The group was then invited to go on a game drive to find Thandi. After catching glimpse of her, she finally emerged from dense thickets leading her friends out, including the “Daddy-to-be”. The group spent an incredible hour interacting with these special rhino.