South Africa’s Zululand Rhino Orphanage created a facility for displaced orphaned rhinos, a tragic necessity based on current poaching statistics. Little rhino calves frequently become orphaned and are often found close to the rhino cow’s body, in instances where she would have been brutally murdered for her horns. The orphanage offers them a place of rehabilitation, where they are fed and taken care of until such a time that they can be released back into the wild where they belong.
Ikewana has adopted an orphan called “……” and funds go towards raising him and helping him overcome the trauma he endured. Funds are also raised to provide security at the orphanage to prevent attacks from poachers.
Ikewana also sponsors a team which participates in the annual Rhino Ride which takes place between the 23rd and 25th of July. This challenging and thrilling ride, takes place in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve which is home to over 70 mammal species including Africa’s Big 5. All proceeds go directly into the Zululand Conservation trust. Rhino poaching has become such a problem in South Africa that increasing number of privately owned game reserves are disposing of their Rhino, as they are considered too much of a risk in relation to the rising security costs of protecting these animals. MPGR is fortunate enough to be able to protect their rhinos and are dedicated to expanding this, their range and their population.