The following is information on the Rhino Orphan named: SHIDA 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SHIDA  Male  August 2003 Nairobi National Park  2 Months old  KWS euthanazed his dying mother & rescued him just as hyenas were circling him  Natural Causes 

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6/14/2012 - As the elephants were browsing out in the forest, they heard a large animal approaching. All ran to their Keepers, and out of the bush emerged Solio, who had given her Attendants the slip again. The elephants were very scared, especially Tano, who recalled being tossed by Shida. Other Keepers were summoned from the Stockades to remove Tano, who was extremely nervous, since Solio wanted to remain near them. Once the other Keepers arrived, Tano was happy to go with them, even though she wanted to be with her elephant peers. However, instead, she followed them happily just to put distance between herself and the rhino, due to the sinister connotations that remain with her about the Shida incident.

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 A young Shida with Angela Sheldrick Shida
A young Shida with Angela Sheldrick
photo taken on 6/24/2008
photo taken on 11/1/2004


A Newcomer: On the morning of the 30th October, a 2 month old baby rhino came into our care, his mother apparently an extremely old and emaciated Nairobi Park cow named “Stella”, whose teeth were worn completely flat. Having come to the end of her life, she lay down to die near the Ivory Burn site in Nairobi National Park, her calf desperately trying to suckle her recumbent body. Hyaenas circled her and her baby all night, the calf having caused a wound on her udder, which is probably what attracted the attention of the hyaenas. He must have put up a spirited struggle to spare him and his mother a savage mauling by the hyaenas.

K.W.S. euthenazed the dying mother when the pair were discovered in the morning, bringing the baby to us. Baby rhinos are amazingly resilient, and, unlike the elephants, always want to survive, and since this calf, though thin, was unscathed, his chances of survival are good. It is, however, necessary always to give a rhino that has been subjected to trauma and stress a course of injectable broad spectrum antibiotic to circumvent tick-borne diseases and pneumonia brought on by a lowered immune system through stress.

We have named this orphan “Shida”, the Swahili word for “problem” reflecting the problem both he and his mothered suffered during his short time on earth. He is feeding well, and although still grieving for his lost mother, has settled down, and should soon be able to begin the rounds of the dungpiles and urinals, in order to become accepted by both the rhino residents of the area as well as our other two orphaned rhinos, “Magnum” who will be 7 at the end of January 2004 and “Makosa” who was 4 years old on lst August 2003. Both these orphans are now unaccompanied by their Keepers, but return to what is, after all, Home Base on a daily basis, Magnum usually in the morning, and Mokasa in the evening, returning to their erstwhile Stockade where they feel most secure, and when any abrasions and wounds can be treated. Bull rhinos have to fight for territory and status, so when one takes on a rhino, one must expect the unexpected!

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