An update on our orphaned rhinos: June – July '16

 

Lion's Den & Dingle DellLion’s Den & Dingle Dell

Lion’s Den, Dingle Dell and Philippa
Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell are both very happy and relaxed. The two, with Philippa in tow, like to visit the Sable Antelopes’ enclosure. They get very excited when they see the curators coming into their enclosure in the afternoons, as they know that means it’s feeding time! These clever rhinos sometimes even wait at their entrance when it’s almost feeding time with their sister, Philippa, as if to ask ‘where is our food’?

LD,DD,P-2Lion’s Den, Dingle Dell & Philippa

PhilippaPhilippa

On the 11th of June, Philippa endured another treatment procedure. Read more here.

Balu, Stompie, Olivia, Khulula & Baby NOlivia, Khulula, Stompie, Balu & Baby N

Olivia, Khulula and Nhlanhla
These three babies are doing well, and it’s heartening to see how they quickly bounced back after the loss of their friend, Muddy.
On the 9th of June we weighed the rhinos. Olivia weighed a healthy 224kg, Khulula was 167kg and Nhlanhla was 83kg. Growing by the day, they are!
Olivia’s milk intake was increased to 4.1l per feed, 6 times a day. Khulula’s has been increased to 13% of her body weight and she now drinks 3.4l of milk per feeding. Nhlanhla is still on 1.9l of milk per feeding. As these babies continue to grow, so does their milk intake. Khulula now takes 3,6l milk per and Nhlanhla 2l per feed. All three babies are fed six times per day.
On the 18th of June, we weighed the rhinos again. Olivia came in at an unbelievable 242 kg, while Khulula and Nhlanhla clocked 188kg and 94kg, respectively. It’s amazing to see the difference one week can make. This is a clear indication that the rhino babies are thriving and happy.
All three baby rhinos have formed a strong unit, and are as close as can be.
 
Stompie & Balu
Stompie and Balu
In the beginning of June, Stompie’s milk feedings were decreased from 7.5l to 7l twice daily. Balu’s remained unchanged at 7l, three times per day.
However, by mid-June we had taken down both their milk bottles to 6l for Stompie and 6.6l for Balu, three times per day. As they grow, the amount of milk they need lessens as they start to get most of their required nutrients and energy from the grass they graze.
These brothers continue to thrive and grow in closeness daily. They are now both walking around the centre on their own during the day, which they enjoy as much as they do each other’s company.
Gertjie and Matimba have been moved to a new enclosure. Read more here.

Gertjie & MatimbaGertjie & Matimba

If you can and would like to make a donation towards the Rescued Rhinos @ HESC sanctuary, visit our online portal. Alternatively go to PayPal, click on ‘send’, add the WCT email address accounts@wildlifeconservationtrust.co.za, choose the amount you’d like to contribute and click ‘continue’.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Jean Thompson

    Brings a smile to my face seeing these lively, happy baby rhinos.

    1. HESC

      We are so glad that we could make you smile Jean 🙂

  2. Sharon

    Awesome update, thank you for sharing the great progress these 10 incredible rhinos are making in your expert care!

    1. HESC

      Thank you Sharon.

  3. debra kampert

    i get so excited when i see these updates! thank you so much for caring and sharing! HESC is simply…the best!

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