Returning two rehabilitated orphan rhino home.

Two orphan rhinos, who were rehabilitated since they were young calves, were dehorned and returned to their home in South Africa


Zululand Rhino Orphanage; Somkhanda Community Reserve; Wildlands SA; with critical funding provided by The Aspinall Foundation and Albus Environmental


In 2020 we had the privilege of relocating two orphan rhino, who were rehabilitated at the Zululand Rhino Orphanage since they were calves. After dehorning both animals and a month of habituation in a boma, Makhosi and Mpilo were released into their new home, Somkhanda Community Reserve.  

Given the current poaching pressure facing the white rhino population in South Africa, every animal is important, no matter the cost or effort involved. The release of these orphans back into the wild at Somkhanda really is a story of hope, and it is certainly a step closer to securing the future for these iconic animals.  

The fact that these two orphan rhinos, Makhosi and Mpilo, are alive today is a testament to the care, dedication and collaboration between the conservation staff at the Zululand Rhino Orphanage,  Somkhanda Community Reserve and all the parties who each played  crucial role in this success story.

Watch their story here...