A black rhino orphan rescued on 21st September 2019 and currently being hand-raised at the SWT's Kaluku Field HQ.
It all began with a routine aerial patrol together with the SWT’s Canine Unit, landing and checking out old poachers' hideouts. They were patrolling difficult-to-access water spring sites along the Yatta Plateau as well, looking for any sign of poaching activity, when pilot Andy Payne received an emergency call from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The Senior Warden of Tsavo West National Park requested that the helicopter urgently assist in rescuing a young rhino calf which had just been spotted standing beside its dead mother by Tsavo Trust Super Cub pilot Nick Trent. The young calf needed to be rescued by ground teams before it was disturbed and fled too far from its mother. The Veterinary Unit would also be called upon to access the carcass and determine the cause of death.
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8 months old
21 September 2019
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West IPZ
Date of Birth (approximate)
12 March 2019
Age at Rescue
6 months old (approx)
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