FOUNDED BY PETRONEL NIEUWOUDT IN 2001, CARE FOR WILD RHINO SANCTUARY IS THE BIGGEST ORPHAN RHINO ORPHANAGE AND SANCTUARY IN THE WORLD.
My first introduction to Care for Wild started in a very remote part of the Kruger bush. A mother rhino was fighting for her life as her bewildered little calf struggled to understand why she could no longer move. With tears running down my face, I sat next to the mother that we euthanized and I asked myself two questions:
- Why was this happening?
- Who was going to make it stop?
I followed the baby to Care for Wild, and that is where I met a person who is truly one of the unsung heroes of rhino conservation on the planet today. Working tirelessly to give her babies the very best in care, hope and future, Petronel is one of those people that you simply feel blessed to know.
Petronel is someone who should looking after rhino all day and every day. She should not be someone who needs to worry about whether there will be enough money to do so next month!
RESCUE, REHABILITATE, RELEASE
The vision at Care for Wild is to secure free ranging African Rhinoceros in protected sanctuaries across Africa, and to ensure the survival of the species for future generations.
Baby rhinos that are orphaned in the wild rarely survive. The mission of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is to rescue every rhino that is orphaned, to heal them, and to provide a totally secure environment where they can grow, roam free, and breed to ensure that there will always be rhinos in Africa.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC was founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt (PN) 15 years ago in the Limpopo province. The goal, to provide care and rehabilitation to a wide range of animals. Due to the limited level of poaching at the time, only a few rhinos were treated at the centre. In 2011, the centre was moved to Barberton, Mpumalanga, and was situated on a leased property as a temporary measure until a more suitable property was available for purchase. Subsequent to moving to its new property, there was a drastic increase in the number of rhino poaching incidents in the surrounding areas. This created an apparent need to care for and rehabilitate the injured and/or orphaned rhinos, whose mothers were killed during such incidents.
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC is developing the existing rehabilitation centre and additional land into a secure stronghold. The preserve will eventually accommodate 100 black and white rhinos in a viable secure breeding population. Ultimately, it is the goal of the sanctuary to aid in the process of re-maximizing the rhino population with the intention of preserving the species for future generations.
Despite intense counter poaching efforts, rhinos continue to be poached at unprecedented levels throughout South Africa. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC is developing a concise strategy to ensure the safety and security of the rhinos under the centers care, and is committed to maintaining the highest level of protection. Such security measures will include (but are not limited to) 24/7 monitoring of individual animal groups, highly trained armed game scouts, mobile response units, communications network, crime intelligence, intense surveillance and live video monitoring, trained counter poaching dogs and their respective handlers, watch towers, electrified fencing, and aerial support.