Our baby rhino, "Shida", who came into the Nairobi Nursery on 30th August 2003, is now 7 months old, and the epitome of robust health
Our baby rhino, "Shida", who came into the Nairobi Nursery on 30th August 2003, is now 7 months old, and the epitome of robust health. His claim to fame is that he has been the easiest and most un-problematical rhino orphan that the Trust has ever hand-reared, but this is probably simply that having hand-reared 14 Black Rhino over the years, we have managed to get everything just right! Shida is a very contented and happy little rhino, exceedingly playful, who has never suffered any ill-health, but who has thrived from day one. Unlike his predecessors, he is happy to follow any Keeper and at night, sleep beside any coat that carries the scent of any Keeper, since he now looks upon any one of them as "mother". To begin with the key to getting him used to all the Keepers, rather than just one or two, was a specific coat and a specific scent that identified the wearer as "mother", but with the passing of time, Shida knows all the elephant Keepers, who take turns to accompany him, so he is not nearly so choosey about the scent of the coat. However, the special coat still has to be in situ during the night, when he settles down happily in his comfortable stable, with the coat hanging within reach.