By Sarah Rakowski
In March 2013, Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Kenya) reported the sad loss of a 22 year-old female black rhinoceros, who was slaughtered by poachers for her horns.
Arriving at the scene, Ol Pejeta rangers found a male calf – just three weeks old – calling for its mother and clinging to her body. Distressed but thankfully unharmed, the calf was flown to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy the same day, where it is being cared for along with another young rhino.
In a tale that demonstrates both the brutality and the benevolence of humankind, Ol Pejeta now reports that this calf’s fortunes have turned around thanks to the efforts of staff and the generosity of one donor who has stepped forward to support the care of the calf, who has been named Hope.
Although the first few days were difficult for the young calf, who kept calling for his mother, he has now settled in nicely on Lewa and is making friends with his caregivers.
Poaching crisis Sadly, the hefty price paid for rhino horn means that incidents like this one are becoming more and more frequent, with conservationists warning that Africa’s rhinos are facing the worst poaching crisis in decades. More....