On Saturday 20 August 2011, we encountered a heart-wrenching poaching incident that shook us to the core. Three of our beloved rhinos fell victim to ruthless poachers. Two of them tragically lost their lives, succumbing to their horrific injuries, while one rhino miraculously survived. ABSA, the brave survivor, displayed unparalleled resilience despite the gruesome attack. He held a significant place in our hearts, being the first rhino reintroduced into the Western Cape after an absence of 250 years due to hunting. In the face of such adversity, we were determined to do everything possible to save ABSA’s life.
Our team immediately sprang into action, administering life-saving antidotes to ABSA and witnessing his remarkable recovery. We knew that time was of the essence, and to ensure ABSA’s survival, we made the bold decision to relocate him to a temporary boma at Aquila’s Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre (ARC) located opposite the reserve.
The task of building a temporary boma was no small feat, but we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from both companies and the public. Donations of funds, equipment, and services flooded in, illustrating the collective determination to protect this incredible creature.
Moving a 1.8-tonne rhino under a combination of stress and sedation presented immense challenges. However, we understood that this step was vital for ABSA’s recovery and well-being. The controlled environment of the temporary boma allowed us to provide him with the best possible treatment options.
Saving Private Rhino is committed to multiple, ongoing operations to protect and conserve Africa’s endangered rhino populations. Through our anti-poaching initiatives, rescue operations, and community outreach programmes, we strive to create a world where these magnificent creatures can thrive in a safe and natural environment.
We believe that every individual has the power to make a difference. By supporting Saving Private Rhino, you become a vital part of our mission to secure a brighter future for Africa’s rhinos and their rightful place in the wild.
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