Most rhino lovers have heard the story of Thandi by now. She is an amazing being with a zest for life, a survivor. She is the ambassador of rhinos everywhere, a symbol of hope in the poaching wars. But there is another lesser known rhino who has an extraordinary tale of survival as well. In fact she survived not just once, but twice. Her name is Phila.
Phila has been shot nine times over two poaching attempts. She was relocated twice, and currently resides at a zoo in Johannesburg, as this was the last place thought secure enough for her. Even after the attempts and relocations, there is still a bounty on her life.
Doomed to a life of confinement, and enduring permanent pain from the wounds, she carries on. But at what cost? What remains ahead for Phila? Will she ever have a future that is wild AND safe? For more on Phila, see her amazing tale on Saving Rhino Phila, an award winning documentary.