Magnum's Story

Magnum was born at 5.30 p.m. on the evening of the 30th January, 1997. He is the calf of our orphaned Rhino "Scud" also born in Nairobi National Park during the Gulf War in February 1991, her mother a cow named "Main Gate" who was found dead when Scud was just 3 months old. Scud had to be euthenased when Magnum was just three weeks old, crippled by a serious fall that severed the radial nerve of a front leg, leaving it paralysed.

Magnum's Story

For many weeks following the death of his mother, Magnum searched for his mother, crying pathetically and revisiting all the places they once shared, but finall he attached himself to another infant rhino who had been brought in just days before, named Magnet.

Like Sam and Amboseli, these two rhinos were reared together in our Nairobi Nursery, for three years attended by their Keepers doing the rounds of the wild rhino dung-piles and urinals to become known to the resident wild community. They were inseparable, Magnet replacing the mother figure that Magnum had lost in infancy. His love for her superseded even that given to his Keepers, and by February 2001 both were independent of their Keepers, out and about in the big wide world on their own, but returning periodically to touch base back at the Trust Headquarters. However, tragedy struck when Magnet died mysteriously just some 500 metres from the Trust premises.
Magnum’s grief following the loss of his Nursery companion was painful to witness. He was dejected and listless and looked positively ill for many months, hanging around the Headquarter and off food, which, for a rhino, is most unusual.
Today, Magnum is over his initial grief, and friendly with another wild adult cow and her calf, with whom he keeps company out in the Park on occasions. Being still a junior bull, he still feels insecure and is a regular returnee, spending time back in his Nursery Stockade where he has been able to become accustomed to another orphan, named Makosa. However, he finds Makosa too exuberant as a playmate, even though he is three years older. Makosa has a sharp horn, much the same size as that of Magnum, since Magnum lost his first horn against the bumper of a stationary vehicle, and has had to grow a replacement which as yet is not quite as honed as that of Makosa, and therefore less sharp! He has had several scuffles with wild bulls, returning with superficial signs of combat on his face, and on one occasion with a more serious horn wound in his rear, which fortunately missed the vitals, and healed well.

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Adopt Magnum for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

22 years old

Gender

Male

Rescued date

30 January 1997

Rescue Location

Unknown

Date of Birth (approximate)

30 January 1997

Reason Orphaned

Natural causes

Age at Rescue

0 weeks old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

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Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

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Magnum's Latest Photos

Magnum pays the trust a visit

Magnum is seen after a month's absence

Magnum standing next to a chopper

Magnum at the mudbath

Magnum shares his food with a hungry pig

Magnum and Makosa having a sparring session

Makosa and Magnum

Magnum's nose with the Girostigma fly's eggs