Category Archives: Gertjie

What Have Our Rhinos Been Up To? You Ask…

It has been so heart-warming to witness the changes among our incredible crash of rhinos at HESC and to see them all going from strength to strength. Watching their unique personalities play out and the bonds between them developing is truly beautiful. One thing that unites them all is a continued improvement and growing comfort in themselves and their environments at HESC. They are a beloved part of our family…
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He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother – Orphaned Rhino, Matimba’s Journey at HESC.

He was not more than one month old, and weighed a mere sixty kilograms. They say that he and his mother were most likely enjoying a mud bath together, when the gruesome attack happened. He would have watched, helplessly,  as his mother was slaughtered in front of him and left for dead. The attack happened on the 19th November, and a tiny baby rhino, was found on the 20th November,…
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Gertjie, the Orphaned Rhino at HESC who stole the world’s heart.

Gertjie is a household name for countless animal lovers around the world. This special rhino opened the hearts and the eyes of the world, to the harsh reality of rhino poaching. At just under three months old, he witnessed the brutal murder of his mother, by rhino poachers. Not only did he have to watch the horrific attack, but was then left all on his own, next to her lifeless…
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Gertjie is weaned off formula

Our young boy is growing up, and it’s our great pleasure to announce that little Gertjie’s days of consuming formula have come to an end. Gertjie has officially been weaned! It is amazing how fast time has flown by, and we are very proud of the strong beautiful young rhino bull Gertjie has become. He will now graze entirely, but his diet will still be supplemented with lucerne to ensure…
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An update on and comparison between Gertjie and Matimba

Both Gertjie and Matimba are flourishing under their new found friendship. Gertjie has taken on the role of the older brother and Matimba is constantly testing his increasing strength against Gertjie’s.  Gertjie allows him to get away with just about everything. Usually, just before Matimba runs off in victory, Gertjie shows that he still has what it takes and still is the bigger, stronger one. Matimba then accepts the defeat…
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