Our baby rhinos’ mud bath gets an upgrade

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The mud bath that our four young orphans – Gertjie, Matimba, Stompie and Balu – share was getting a little ‘tight’, and rapidly become too small for their formidable frames. So our Wildlife Conservation Experience (WCE) participants came to the rescue and spent a long, hot afternoon improving their favourite space. This involved extending the sides of the pit, and in-so-doing providing a lot more space to accommodate all four boys comfortably.

A mud bath is a very important part of rhino’s daily activity. The mud acts as an insect repellent, and also protects their sensitive skin from the sun. Most importantly, it’s great fun and also keeps them cool throughout the day.

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Our young foursome is overjoyed with the new area, and love nothing better than languishing in the mud while blowing bubbles out of their nostrils.

It stands to reason that watching them is one of our favourite times of the day too!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Lori

    Such joy for the boys and their mud baths. You are so lucky you get to watch them at play. I am so glad the bath area is larger now so they can share in their daily romps in the mud. Good for you HESC to take care of all needs, big and small.

  2. Lori

    Such joy for the boys and their mud baths. You are so lucky you get to watch them at play. I am so glad the bath area is larger now so they can share in their daily romps in the mud. Good for you HESC to take care of all needs, big and small.

  3. Sabine

    I love this! Thank you for the update!

  4. Sandra Prinsloo

    It brings tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart to see how happy and safe these orphans are after so much trauma. Well done hesc you are such heroes!

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