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Video: Kariega Rhino on South African Television

Jone Haesslich
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Poaching Survivor Thandi Featured on South African Television

South African television programme 50|50 recently featured the inspiring story of rhino poaching survivor Thandi and her calf Thembi. Thandi became a symbol of hope in the fight against rhino poaching after surviving a brutal attack for her horn. She not only survived but has thrived! In January 2015 she gave birth to a healthy female calf that was named Thembi, which means hope in Xhosa. Read more about Thandi's story.

Before watching the clip please be aware that parental guidance is advised due to the gruesome nature of some of the footage.

Thandi and her Rhino Baby Thembi

“A brave survivor of a horrific poaching incident, rhino Thandi was left lying in a pool of blood with her horn hacked off and her skull mutilated. A team of vets, together with the staff at the Kariega Game Reserve decided to operate on her face in the hope that she may survive the ordeal. Survive she did, and we at 50|50 are delighted to bring you her story, culminating in the birth of Thembi, a vivacious little calf.” 

We honour the men and women around the world who are actively involved in the ongoing battle against rhino poaching, be it on the ground helping the latest victims of this horrific war or in studios raising awareness. Each one has an important contribution to make and we are so  thankful that we have been able to play a part in working towards a safer future for these beautiful creatures.

“Poachers stole her horn but what they couldn’t take was her will to live,” comments the 50|50 team.

How Can You Help?

If you have been inspired by this story and would like to make a contribution toward the Kariega Save the Rhino fund the details are as follows:

Direct deposit/EFT to the Kariega Foundation bank account:
First National Bank
Account no: 62275606526
Branch:Newton Park
Branch code: 261050
Reference: Thandi

You can also request and complete the credit card authorization form from