Orphaned rhinos find a new home


Orphaned rhinos find a new home

TMG Digital | 2017-02-09 12:40:26.0

Orphaned rhinos at the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

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The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park has become a safe haven for three orphaned white rhinos‚ who were released into their new home this week.

They are the offspring of rhinos who were poached for their horns at KwaZulu-Natal game reserves.

The trio – two females and a male‚ all aged around five years – are being cared for by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis said the three rhinos have formed a close bond.

“We are very pleased that we can offer these three orphans a new and brighter future.

“As a park undertaking major ecosystems restoration‚ iSimangaliso offers an ideal habitat for them.”

Zaloumis said despite the severe drought gripping the province‚ parts of the park had received decent rainfall‚ “providing good grass‚ water and a softer‚ friendlier refuge for the orphans”.

The relocation of the rhinos was funded by the Peace Parks organisation.

Zaloumis praised Ezemvelo for its role in rehabilitating rhino orphans.

– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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