WHWF 6th Annual Xmas Support – The Rhino Orphanage

Xmas Happiness for the Rhino Babies and their Carers:
As always, we do our best to make Christmas extra special for the #WildBabies and caring Staff at The Rhino Orphanage. This year was our 6th Annual Xmas Supply Drop. With the loving care and help of our local community and our valued donors, we were able to perform some miracles during the end of what has been a most challenging year for everyone.
We have been consistent and ongoing supporters of The Rhino Orphanage for the past 5 years, and have supplied countless capital items, veterinary equipment, specialized medicines and food. This is an ongoing support project where we make sure that your donations directly reach its target.

WHWF Team Paul and Carina (CJ) getting some attention from the Rhino Orphans © Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Working through a Wish List:

We pride ourselves on trying to procure every single item on TRO's wish-list, and this year was no different. Loads of probiotic Protexin, industrial wheelbarrows, soap of every conceivable kind, special dual rakes, many liters of disinfectant, 1000 latex gloves, facemasks for the 'new normal', and so much more!

Loads of Protexin Pro-biotics for happy Rhino tummies © Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

The Value of Consumables:

If 2020 taught us anything at all, it is the value of toilet paper, so we made sure the human 🦏 mommies have plenty of that! General soap, disinfectant and cleaning materials are always welcome too - anything that makes it easier to help the Rhino Orphans survive.

Food for the Carers, loads of cleaning supplies and the all-important Toilet paper! © Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Crucial Equipment for Night-time Emergencies:
The girls were particularly excited about the emergency spot-light that would make night time treatment easier. The Carers received some treats too - it is after all, their job to spend countless nights next to a sick Rhino Orphan - doing their bit to help them survive!

Rechargeable Emergency Spotlight for night-time emergencies, and some snacks for the carers © Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Specialized Veterinary Equipment:

The cherry on top of the cake is a complete telescopic pole syringe system, with every size of syringes and attachments available. This is like a syringe on steroids, enabling the treatment of an animal from about 4-5 meters away, and is particularly handy for use with dangerous or scared larger rhinos. This valuable, expensive piece of equipment is on every true Wildlife Rehab's wish list. Rehabilitating Rhinos is physical hard work. Industrial wheelbarrows help make the load a little lighter.

Complete Telescopic Pole Syringe System for dispensing treatment, and Industrial Wheelbarrows for the heavy work © Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

Wild Heart 'Santa' Bumper Supply Drop for The Rhino Orphans:
Our lives have changed irrevocably, and we have to adapt. The animals have no choice - they rely on us. We have to continue doing our best for the animals, and also helping the humans who care so much for them.
From our side, WHWF gifted The Rhino Orphanage's Arrie and Mariet Van Deventer with one of our first ever, Limited Edition Big 5 Calendars, as a small token of our appreciation for their dedication.
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Thank you to every single person who donated and assisted in any way.
You are all superstars, and we cannot mention anyone, because the list is too long.
Thank you for making this Xmas special for the Rhino Babies, and their carers.

The WHWF Team with Happy Carers and Happy Rhino Babies at The Rhino Orphanage ©Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

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Rhino Orphan Care

Rhino Orphan Care

Since the inception of Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, we have been supporting the amazing work done by The Rhino Orphanage, in a pragmatic way. By supplying capital items, food and veterinary equipment to the value of millions of Rands over the years, we continue to do our part to support the ground-breaking work TRO is doing in saving these precious babies. Our aim has always been to supply what is desperately needed, so that the staff and carers at TRO can focus on what they do best, repairing the bodies and lives stolen from these Rhino Babies by Poachers. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of how we've helped so far.

The Rhino Poaching scourge has resulted in hundreds of Orphaned Baby Rhinos, left behind while their mothers are killed for their horns. These babies are the future of the rhino, and have to be protected at all costs. It is estimated that only 10% of Rhino Orphans are found in time. This means that for every one Orphan rescued, nine will die, undiscovered in the bush.

Here is a small summary of what we've done for TRO to date: #WHWF has supplied tons of dry food and milk replacement, equipped their clinic with oxygen tanks, an anaesthetic machine, a theater light, instrument trolleys, and veterinary equipment too numerous to list. We have supplied fencing and shade-netting to build bomas, water troughs and hose-pipes, industrial maintenance equipment, a washing machine, tumble dryer and generator - to render them self-sufficient during power outages. Mattresses for the babies (and carers) to sleep on, hundreds of blankets, towels, cleaning equipment, and literally thousands of syringes and disposable veterinary items. We have supplied trail cameras and anti-poaching gear, Go-Pro cameras and a horse-box camera for monitoring the babies during transport inside a closed trailer. WHWF has supplied medicine to treat stomach ulcers and other digestive problems, disinfectant, veterinary grade cleaning products, hundreds upon hundreds of liters. The carers are never forgotten either, as we always make sure they are taken care of too, with sunscreen, tick repellant, linen for their rooms, rain gear and warm clothes for Winter mornings. The list of what we have supplied goes on and on.

It is critically important that we save the ones that are left, and in some way manage to secure a future for the survivors, so that our children's children might be able to enjoy the magnificence of seeing rhinos thriving in the wild. In the meantime, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation will continue to support those that have the same vision as we do - a Safe and Secure, Wild Future for our Wildlife.

#RhinoOrphanCare is an ongoing WHWF project, and your support is always welcome.

 

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