Orphanage & Rehabilitation Facility
At the request of wildlife rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler, the team at Rhino Revolution embarked on an ambitious project to raise the funds to build and establish a world class rhino rehabilitation facility in Hoedspruit.
Land for the facility has been donated by Trevor Jordan, and the rhino boma donated by the trustees of the Blue Canyon Conservancy. Mention must also go to our incredible local builder Gideon and his team from the community who worked tirelessly to get the orphanage ready on time and on budget.
Our aim is to raise the orphans to be released back into the wild as undomesticated, self-sustaining animals. To achieve our mission, minimal human interference is crucial, and the orphanage is not open to the public. We therefore cannot rely on funding by using the orphanage as a paid tourist attraction.
The facility is highly secure, situated within the Blue Canyon Conservancy, with electric fencing, lighting, intruder alarm systems and watch towers with 24 hour armed guards.
CCTV is installed – providing a 24 hour video link and this will be streamed on a dedicated web-link for a global audience to share.
Terry Rawlings, an experienced Project Manager, heads up the Rhino Orphanage, and reports to the Board of Trustees. Our two full-time in-house registered RCVS trained veterinary nurses, Jade Aldridge and Natalie Rogers work under guidance from the relevant local big game veterinarians. We have the use of a rhino ambulance kindly made available by OSCAP/Protrack to transport calves.
Want to help?
Click below to meet some of our orphaned calves and to learn more about how you can help us care for them and enable them to be released back into the wild.