First rhino orphanage opened in Western Cape

The facility will be used to raise and rehabilitate rhino calves and offers free anti-poaching training to game rangers.

FILE: A rhino and calf at the Aquila Private Game Reserve. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – With financial support from the Saving Private Rhino Group, the Aquila Private Game Reserve has opened the first rhino orphanage in the Western Cape.

The facility will be used to raise and rehabilitate rhino calves.

The reserve also offers free anti-poaching training to game rangers.

The reserve’s Judy Mannering says it all started when a calf was orphaned last year.

“We’ve learnt a lot and we’ve got the facilities and we just felt that we needed to take it to the next step. Because we also have an anti-poaching course, our rhino are constantly surrounded by top-notch and well-trained rangers. So our security is very good.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)