World’s First Dedicated Rhino Orphanage Founded
SOUTH Africa is to be home to the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre to care for baby rhinos orphaned by the shocking trade in poached rhino horns.
The Wildlife & Cultural Centre at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo Province is to be the site for the centre which will take in baby rhinos orphaned or injured across the country by poachers who feed the illegal trade in horns, which has seen record numbers of animals killed and orphaned in the past 14 months.
A R4m campaign was launched on Monday March 12 to fund the project which has already gained the support of most of the major organizations involved in the war to save the rhino.
And the first donation has already been made by agricultural machine specialists New Holland who have donated a new tractor to the project after hearing of the plans while conferencing at the resort.
More than 400 rhino were butchered in South Africa last year and almost 100 have died in the first two months of 2012.
South Africa is home to more than 90 percent of the rhinos on the planet, and the world’s first rhino orphanage will be a major step forward in the battle to protect the species.
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