A South African wildlife sanctuary welcomes a young white rhino

A wildlife sanctuary in Barberton, South Africa, welcomed a new baby white rhino on August 11.

Images recorded by the Caring for the Wild Rhino Sanctuary shows nine-year-old Olive the white rhinoceros with her calf shortly after birth. The calf can be seen taking its first steps and breastfeeding with its mother.

Care for Wild said Olive was rescued aged 10 months after poachers killed her mother.

Care for Wild is the largest sanctuary for orphaned rhinos in the world. They rescue, rehabilitate, regenerate, release and protect rhinos.

South Africa was quickly becoming the center of the rhino poaching crisis. Rhinos were brutally poached daily in national parks, provincial parks and on private property to meet the demand for medicines made from rhino horn.

The illegal trade in rhino horn has catapulted the status of the white rhino to ‘near threatened’ and the black rhino to ‘critically endangered’.

Many of these devastating poaching incidents have left behind helpless and orphaned young calves. As the effects of the escalating poaching crisis became evident, the need for a highly specialized care facility that could support conservation efforts to save this iconic and key stone species from extinction. was also felt.

Founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary holds a formal Memorandum of Understanding with South African National Parks in a joint effort to safeguard the future of the species and South Africa’s heritage.

The white rhino is listed as ‘near threatened’, with around 18,000 animals living in protected areas and private game reserves.

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