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Video of Kariega rhino - Thandi - in 2010 before poaching

Jone Haesslich
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Wallowing in the pool on the right hand side is Thandi's female companion who earlier this year gave birth to a fiesty female rhino calf called Zimela (Xhosa word for 'to be protected'). Thandi then walks in from the left and lies down next to the pool, followed by a young bull who comes to lie down next to her (and unfortunately obscures the view of Thandi).

Video footage of Thandi the Rhino that survived taken in 2010 at Kariega Game Reserve South Africa 

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 know it's a bit sad to watch with the knowledge of what happens to Thandi, but nevertheless she now alive and well, and day by day she is returning to her normal rhino life.