The following is information on the Rhino Orphan named: MAXWELL  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MAXWELL  Male  Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Nairobi National Park  One year  He was running around aimlessly, there being no sign of his mother.  Natural Causes 

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7/27/2014 - The orphans had a very amusing morning as once all the big elephants were let out of their stockades, Kithaka, Barsilinga and Lemoyian decided to pay Maxwell a visit. Maxwell was fast asleep lying along the gate to his stockade so he didn’t notice the three elephants approaching and very secretly feasting on his lucerne. The lucerne was a real treat to the elephants and their mission was to eat as much as they could get before Maxwell woke up.
Once they had their fill, Kithaka and Lemoyian began pushing the gate and pulling sleeping Maxwell’s ears with their trunks. At first it seemed that Maxwell quite enjoyed all this attention as he was moving his head around to get the best angle to get a tickle from the two babies. However, it didn’t take long until Max was out of his sleepy mood and was quite annoyed with the three menaces. He head butted the gate making the three elephants run away trumpeting with happiness as they joined the herd in the forest for yet another beautiful day.

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 Max now happily settled Max having fun in his own private mudbath
Max now happily settled
photo taken on 3/13/2007
Max having fun in his own private mudbath
photo taken on 3/12/2007

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: MAXWELL (foster now)


The 6th February 2007 began as an ordinary day, but ended up anything but ordinary due to the discovery of blind yearling baby rhino in the Park forest about 3 kms. from our Headquarters. The elephant Keepers, who were out in the forest as usual with their charges, heard the rhino crying, and went to investigate. He was running around aimlessly, there being no sign of his mother. The KWS Rhino Unit was summonsed, and together they and our Keepers monitored the little rhino until dusk from a good distance so as not to disturb him or the possibility of his mother returning, and when there was still no sign of the mother, something had to be done to spare him from being taken by predators during the night. By calling him with the rhino “come” sound (a soft exhalation of breath), he followed the Elephant Keepers and KWS Rangers for the 3 kms until near the Trust buildings, when he spooked at the strange sounds, blindly charging all and sundry and almost downing Daphne in the process who had to resort to diving into a nearby bush! By now it was quite obvious that he was completely blind in both eyes, for both his eyes were opaque. He was then physically overpowered, which took all the strength of about l0 men and although just a year old, he could certainly pack a punch and was immensely powerful. With legs tied he was then carried on the elephant Rescue Tarpaulin to a vacant stable, where he was released, and proceeded to almost demolish the timbers of the stable. Apart from his eyes, he was in good physical condition, so he could not have been without his mother for long. (Her disappearance and ultimate fate still remains a mystery.)

Maxwell has a bit of a rest after his ordeal  Maxwell lying down in Galdessa's stockade

Angela with some of the team discussing Maxwell's dramatic rescue



We named the little rhino “Maxwell”, "Max" for short, which somehow seemed to suit him. For three full days, no-one could set foot in his stable, he was so wild and fierce, but he soon understood that milk and water was available at the stable door.

Maxwell on his first day at the trust  Max on his second day enjoying some greens

It being essential that he undergo a course of injectable antibiotic to forestall problems brought about by trauma and shock, only Robert Carr-Hartley was courageous enough to risk going in, and having restrained the sharp end of the rhino by hanging onto his head, some reinforcements then followed to enable Robert to administer the antibiotic! For the next three days, the same process had to be repeated, and everyone heaved a sigh of relief when it was over. By now, however, the little rhino had calmed down sufficiently to enable one of the braver Keepers to venture in with him, and since then he has been very amenable, as long as not suddenly startled, enjoying being fondled on the belly and head, as do all rhinos. The next challenge was to move him into Magnum’s vacant Stockade, which abuts that of Shida and this was accomplished without too much difficulty.

Max up and about in his stockade  Maxwell coming to find out who is at the stockade door



An assessment of the cause of Max’s blindness has revealed that he is suffering from bilateral cataracts, so surgical intervention to remove the cataracts is planned for Wednesday 14th March, when Dieter Rottcher returns from Germany. Dieter will oversee the anesthetic being extremely experienced in this field whilst the eye surgery will be undertaken by one of Kenya’s top Eye Specialists, Dr. Schwendemann. We keep our fingers crossed that we will be able to restore at least some vision to little Max, for a bull rhino has to fight for territory and rank, and must be able to see his opponent.

Max gets some attention from a keeper  Max having fun in his own private mudbath

Max enjoying some greens



Towards the end of the month we decided to try and take him out for a short spell, which he enjoyed immensely, but when it came time to return him to the Stockade, this proved very difficult and he was having none of it! Yet again he had to be physically carried back, something to which he strongly objected! Since then, we have not dared let him out again, but should he regain some vision, this will follow.

Lovely Max  Max now happily settled



Another unusual occurrence with Max was following a dose for worms, huge nodules erupted on his skin, and a cyst-like piece of tissue eventually emerged leaving a clean hole. This must be yet another of those curious parasites specific to this ancient species, for no-one has seen anything like it before!    

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