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WHWF is a registered NPO Reg:147-339 and PBO Reg: 930051372 Dedicated to helping Wildlife in Need
Supplies needed for the Rhino Orphans and Caregivers

As always, we are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and will show you exactly where your loving contributions are being used to benefit the Wildlife.

The items required to help a massive operation like the rhino orphanage run smoothly, include feed for the bigger rhino that are being weaned; milk powder for the smaller babies. (This is a special formula, as rhinos have very sensitive intestinal tracts, and do not adjust well to dietary fluctuations).

A host of laboratory items are needed to collect and preserve samples of bacteria, excrement and eye serum – all needed to ensure adequate monitoring and treatment. This includes scalpels, sample kits, vacutainers, formalin etc. Rhino Orphan wound treatment kits required consist of hand-operated pressure sprays to flush out wounds from bullets or panga slashes, anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and methylated spirits.

As the #RhinoOrphans initially bond closely with their surrogate mothers (the human carers), they sleep next to them on mattresses – strong canvass material is needed to protect these mattresses from non-potty trained rhino babies – as well as Velcro strips and strong yarn to make these. A host of other consumable items are needed, such as cleaning materials, hardware, tools and record-keeping items such as A4 paper and an external hard drive.

The Anti-poaching guys protecting these precious rhinos and their carers, are in desperate need of a small guard hut to protect them from the elements during gate duty. These guys are dedicated and passionate, and endure many hardships to protect our heritage – let’s see if we can help make their lives a little easier!

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Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation regularly and consistently supplies the rhino orphanage with everything they need to look after the precious victims of poaching in their care. Over the past three years, we have supplied more than ZAR1.2million’s worth of special milk, food, medication, capital and infrastructure items to help the dedicated human carers to continue saving baby rhino lives.

#WHWF always makes sure that your loving donations are maximized and directly reach the Wildlife most in need. We work off wish-lists that detail the items required to run these special rehabilitation projects. This ensures that the help we provide is targeted, direct, and needed – and makes a real difference to the wildlife, thus maximizing the probability of survival of these precious #WildBabies.

Help save a #RhinoOprhan’s life today ! Help us Help them. <3

WISHLIST – The Rhino Orphanage – Aug 2018

General Requirements:

• Driehoek feeds game cubes 50kg bags

• Clover skim milk 25kg bags

• Syringes 

• Basic Wound Care Kits (wound spray, Suture kits & Forceps)

• Protexin food supplement (Probiotic)

• Bandages/Wound dressing

• Mattresses for Rhinos and caregivers

• I.V. Fluids (Ringers) 1L & 3L 

• Denkavit milk replacement 

• Scalpel blades Size 222

• Guard Hut for protection against the elements

• Raw honey for nutrition and wound treatment

• Bioscrub Antiseptic Skin Cleaner

• Formalin for preserving samples

• Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes

• Bravecto flea & tick treatment for guard dogs

• Strong Canvas material to cover rhino mattresses

• Large velcro strips for above covers

• Thick strong thread for above covers

• Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles

• Dishwash liquid 25L
• Pine Gel/ Pine Cleaner 25L
• Large Paper Rolls for Rhino kitchen
• Toiletpaper 1-ply Only
• Kitchen Scourer Sponges
• Methylated Spirits 1L
• Washing Powder for Rhino Blankets
• Gym balls for Rhino Enrichment
• Large 12 x 12m (or similar size) Tarp to cover Feed
• Spades x 2
• Wheelbarrow x 1
• Drain Plunger
• Multiplug with surge protection x 2
• Drill-bit set or 5 and 6mm sizes – Masonry, Wood and Steel
• No 13 Spanner
• Wall Plugs and Screws – 5 and 6 mm x 45 -50mm
• Light Bulbs (Screw in – Energy Saving) x 5 (any wattage)
• Rivet Gun and pop rivets
• Dog Food – Hill’s Joint Care for Jess and Zandroff
• BD Vacutainers (yellow top with gel in the vial)
• Hand pressure sprayer 5L for wound flushing x 2
• Small plastic Screw lid containers for Preservation
• Scalpel blades Size 22
• Copy paper A4
• Black ink cartridges HP No 22
• External drive (TB) for document storage records, databases, multimedia etc

‘The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands’

There is so much involved in saving these helpless victims, that we have to do our best to support the orphanage and enable them to focus on the care of the rhino orphans, without having to worry about things like what is on the list as shown.

Urgently Needed: Injured WildBabies need our support!

Operating Table and Digital Scale! #WHWF urgently needs your help to purchase these items for a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center treating the smaller stricken wildlife from areas surrounding the Kruger National Park. The table is for treatment and operating purposes and needs to be Stainless Steel (USD 350), and the Scale (USD 160) is to accurately weigh patients as well as their medication. As always, we will show you exactly where your loving donations are being used.

You can make a real difference to the lives of these animals by making a small donation. Thank you.

 

Rescued Rhino Poaching Orphan Nandi on the road to Healing!

When Nandi first arrived at The Rhino Orphanage, she was everything a rhino shouldn’t be: alone, scared, sick, traumatized. Her mother had been poached a few days before, and Nandi had been eating sand because of hunger. This could’ve been fatal to the tiny two-month old cutie, who still needs milk every couple of hours.

Nandi when she had just arrived at the orphanage

When this happens, the rescues are treated by adding psyllium husks to their food to try and flush out the sand from their intestines. In Nandi’s case this process has worked very well, and the amount of sand left in her intestines is decreasing daily.

Rescued rhinos’ delicate eyes are treated by adding a lubricant to keep them moist a few times a day. If any bullet or slash wounds are present, they get treated during feeding times while distracted.

Luckily, in Nandi’s case, it seems as if the adorable baby is out of the woods; she is drinking well, starting to eat solids, and her health is improving day by day.

  

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation sponsors various items critical to the care of these babies, including oxygen tanks, IV drips, food, medicine, cleaning equipment, mattresses and a host of other things going into the care of these orphans.

Protection of the orphans is done through an anti-poaching unit supported by Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation. Supplying items that are needed, we make sure that the animals come first, and are provided directly with what is most needed at any given time. You can help: donate by clicking here..

Nandi arrived at the orphanage on 3rd December, she was about two months old, having just lost her mother to poaching. In most cases like these it is critical to get the babies to safety as soon as possible; sometimes they are flown in a helicopter to save time. Their eyes and ears will be covered to minimize external stimuli, because they are very scared. For the first few days, they will have around the clock care; their carers even sleeping with them on mattresses to monitor their vital signs.

Baby rhinos love to wallow in mud - it protects their delicate skin from sunburn and insects. When they are tiny like Nandi, the carers lend a hand in getting them all mudded up, as they didn’t get to learn this behaviour from their mothers. There are a number of rhino babies of differing ages being looked after at the orphanage, and they all have different needs, according to their ages, just like human children.

As soon as the babies begin to do a little better, they are taken on their morning walk, and as you can see in the video, Nandi has started to play a little. This means she is on her way to recovery, having been rescued only two weeks ago..

Nandi pictured below returning from her daily walk with her loving caregiver Jamie Traynor.

It is still a very long road ahead before this tiny rhino can be completely rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but luckily for her, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and The Rhino Orphanage will do everything in their power to make sure she grows up to be strong, healthy, wild, free and most importantly, safe. 

To help us care for these brave little survivors, please consider donating at the top of the page and also see what we do on the 'How can you help tab

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