Rhino Ambulance is GO!
This is the world’s first ambulance specially designed and built to transport baby rhino orphaned in South Africa’s poaching war….and it has already been in action to help save a life.
It has been built to rescue, stabilize and treat injured young animals for The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo – Africa’s first specialist, dedicated, non‐commercial centre to care for baby rhinos.
The ambulance is even equipped to enable it to remain at a poaching site for a few days to act as a mobile intensive care unit.
As part of the amazing donation of the ambulance, The Rhino Orphanage has also taken delivery of two other vehicles….forming a kind of Thunderbird International Rhino Rescue fleet –
Rhino Ambulance is GO!!
The second vehicle is a trailer to act as a response vehicle –carrying all the vital equipment needed for a trek into the bush in search of injured rhino.
And the third is a smaller specialist transporter for very small rhino calves which can be fitted onto the back of an ordinary bakkie or a special trailer – which has also been donated.
All the vehicles, including the ambulance, have been donated via OSCAP (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching) – the ambulance by Capital Management Africa (CMA) and the response vehicle by Arnold Chatz Motors – and all modified by Platinum Trailers.
Karen Trendler coordinates the National Rhino Response Strategy and also helps runs The Rhino Orphanage.
She said the donation via OSCAP is an amazing step forward in the battle to save the rhino.
“Thanks to the amazing people at CMA and Arnold Chatz plus the wonderful work of OSCAP we have a fleet of rescue vehicles – The Thunderbirds of the Rhino Response Strategy,” said Trendler.
“The ambulance is especially welcome as now we have the ability to respond to a poaching – stabalize traumatized or injured calves on site and transport them in safety back to the orphanage – a place of extreme care.
“And within days of its arrival we used it to help rescue a little calf whose parents were both poached.
“It’s almost impossible to thank OSCAP and their supporters enough. And it’s great to know there are people like CMA who care so much about our work in this vital cause”.
Allison Thomson from OSCAP said: “We know The Rhino Orphanage is doing some amazing, pioneering work, and wanted to help. We know they have only been operational for a few months but already the amazing people there are making a massive difference. Just look at how they saved little N’tombi who was so close to death – a baby rhino hacked to bits with pangas and axes.
“So now we are delighted that some of our supporters have come together to make The Rhino Orphanage’s job so much easier when they get a call to a tragic poaching.”
The ambulance is fitted with a range of specialist equipment including:
White and red lights; a generator for on board electricity, two way radios for communication between trailer and driver; rubberised and padded interior; a section in the nose cone which has a barrier between the “carer” on board and the rhino – this barrier can be lowered for easy access to the rhino and to protect the carer who can extend the height of the barrier; hooks for drips and feeding; and power points for electricity (cell phone charging and to run other equipment).
The orphanage has specialist medical facilities to care for these often extremely young and badly injured creatures, giving the babies the very best chance of one day returning to the wild where they belong.
It is further supported by a range of partners including FNB Investment Products, New Holland, Lafarge and First Car Rental.
The Rhino Orphanage has been established as a not‐for‐profit charity (Section 21 company in South Africa) with all donations going directly to fund the centre and the care and rehabilitation of the rhinos.
People who would like to help can contact The Rhino Orphanage via [email protected] or can make a donation directly into the below account;