Rescued Rhino Lion's Den's Journey at HESC, since September 2013.

Five years ago, on the 4th September 2013, Lions Den arrived with another female rhino, called Dingle Dell.  They had both been found left for dead, horns missing and gaping wounds from where they had been sawn off with chainsaws.
There was another rhino bull with them during the attack, but sadly he died from his injuries.
It was our first situation at HESC with rhinos with such severity of wounds, arriving at our Centre, and we knew we had a challenge on our hands. Little did we know that Lion’s Den’s healing process would take eighteen months, and 25 procedures, where as Dingle Dell’s  wound healed considerably quicker.

Dingle Dells treatment, at HESC
Treatment of Dingle Dell’s wound, September 2014.

As we reach World Rhino Day 2018, it is hard to believe that exactly five years have passed. Looking at Lion’s Den today, we remember the long and hard road that we walked with this beautiful rhino, and the amazing people that made his survival possible, from the exceptional veterinary team, to  our dedicated staff members, all of which never gave up.
Rhino Lions Den at HESC 2018
Lions Den in 2018.

We learned an incredible amount during the various procedures, which has assisted us with future victims, such as Philippa, and prepared us to receive any victim of these horrific poaching attacks.
Lions Den and Dingle Dell together in 2018.
Lions Den and Dingle Dell together in 2018.

Lions Den and Dingle Dell now share a piece of land peacefully with Gertjie and Matimba.
Our HESC Day Tours pass by through their large piece of land, and visitors do normally get to see them, unless they decide to be more evasive on a particular day.
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