The following is information on the Rhino Orphan named: MAALIM 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MAALIM  Male  Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary  2 days old  Found abandoned  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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10/18/2010 - KWS arrived very early to take Maalim’s body away for autopsy. During the night a Ranger was detailed to sleep close to the body to guard the horn. Meanwhile, the orphans enjoyed their usual morning games at the Stockade Compound. Naisula got very scared when two warthogs began chasing one another. She ran off and hid behind the bushes. It took the Keepers about an hour to retrieve her and when she was ushered back, her friend, Kitirua, welcomed her back very warmly. After that Naisula and Kitirua remained close to Olare and Suguta for protection.

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 Tiny Maalim dwafted by the stable door.jpg The tiniest rhino ever seen.jpg
Tiny Maalim dwafted by the stable door.jpg
photo taken on 12/19/2009
The tiniest rhino ever seen.jpg
photo taken on 12/26/2008


The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, is a 35 acre electrically fenced enclave within Tsavo West National Park where the remaining rhinos within the Tsavo ecosystem and others moved from human settled areas, are kept under tight security having been brought together for breeding purposes in an attempt to retrieve the species from annihilation through rampant poaching for their horn.

When the Tsavo National Park first came into being in l949 it was the bastion of Black Rhinos, home to 8,000 out of a total Kenya-wide population of some 20,000. However, by the early nineties, rampant and uncontrolled poaching reduced Kenya’s Black Rhino population almost to the brink of extinction and it was during the mid eighties, when Bill Woodley was Warden of Tsavo West National Park, that 24 square miles just below the Ngulia escarpment was first electrically fenced to house the survivors. When over the years the rhino population within the Sanctuary reached 70 plus, recently some of them were moved out to free range, since a core population was secured within the Sanctuary.

Any disturbance to an established rhino population is very disruptive to such a fiercely territorial species, and could possibly be a reason for why the mother of baby “Maalim” rejected her calf.

Maalim in the back of the KWS landrover at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.  The KWS ranger who rescued the tiny abandoned Rhino calf hands Maalim over to Kingoo.jpg

Kingoo, Maalim and Roan.jpg  At the Ngulia airstrip with the KWS personel involved in Maalim's rescue.jpg

He was literally only a day or two old when he was found by a Ranger of the same name during a routine patrol of the Sanctuary on the 18th of December - a tiny bundle that looked more like a baby warthog than a rhino with no sign of a mother anywhere near. He was left for a day to see if his mother would retrn, but by evening the calf was very weak, so Ranger Maalim carried him back to the Ranger Base and alerted the Senior Warden Tsavo East who in turn got a message to us that a rhino calf was in urgent need of the Trust’s help and input. It was requested that we take over the little rhino, to save his life and also requested that he be named “Maalim” in honour of the Ranger responsible for rescuing him.


Maalim the day after his arrival  Maalim with Kingoo in his stable.

The rescue plane, with a Keeper and the correct rhino milk formula on board, left Nairobi in the early morning of the 19th December, and baby rhino “Maalim” was given his first bottle of milk in situ before flying to Nairobi. By noon he was here, a miniature who weighed just 25 kilos and stood only about 8 inches tall, leaving everyone that caught a glimpse of him enchanted and aghast! He is now fed four hourly, attended by a different Keeper day and night, and is making good progress.

Roan (Angela's younger son) gives Maalim a cuddle.jpg  Kingoo, Maalim and Roan

Maalim with Roan (Angela's younger son).jpg  The tiniest rhino ever seen.jpg


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