The very word Solio is indicative of saving the black rhino as a species here in Kenya, for when black rhinos had all but disappeared from their natural native ranges, including Tsavo National Park (once the home of 8,000), it was on the 17,500 acre Solio Ranch, under tight security, that the species managed to proliferate from a handful introduced 40 years ago to some 90 individuals.
12 years old
23 September 2010
Laikipia, Solio Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 2010
Age at Rescue
5 months old (approx)
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Sultan is the first calf of wild living black rhino Solio, who was raised at our Nursery after being orphaned as an infant in 2010. Sultan was first sighted by the KWS Rhino Monitoring team on 5th September 2019, at just three days old, in Nairobi National Park and mum has been keeping him close ever since. Read more
On 31st January 2022, the KWS Rhino Monitoring Unit, in Nairobi National Park, spotted Solio with a newborn calf by her side. She had given birth to a baby girl just the day before, who has been named Savannah. Savannah has an older brother in Sultan, Solio's first calf born in 2019. He's rapidly growing in independence, but has been spotted hanging out with his mum and little sister. Read more
Maxwell loves Solio's visits
Maxwell spots Solio!
Max has been happy to see Solio
Solio eating her lucerne
Solio visiting her stockade
Solio eating lucerne in her stockade
Solio comes to visit
Solio came to inspect her stockade