The rhino species is estimated to be less than 10 years away from extinction and South Africa is at the centre of the rhino poaching crisis. Rhinos are being brutally murdered daily in National Parks, Provincial Parks and on private land to meet the demand for bogus medicines made from rhino horns. At the beginning of 2021, South Africa’s Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries, as well as Environmental Affairs, confirmed that rhino populations in the Kruger National Park (KNP) had plummeted to an estimated 3549 white rhinos and just 268 black rhinos. KNP has lost almost 70% of this iconic species over the last 10 years.

This is what we, as a collective, are facing. The extinction of a keystone species and another monumental loss for biodiversity and humanity as a whole. We need to fix our broken relationship with nature.

Care for Wild is the largest orphaned rhino sanctuary in the world. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation, rewilding, release and protection of black and white rhinos, but we also do so much more. Care for Wild puts people at the heart of conservation.

South Africa faces a great number of challenges every day. Unemployment; poverty; hunger and
malnutrition; limited access to education and skills development opportunities; as well as high crime rates. Care for Wild has built strong partnerships and relationships with local communities. Our community projects support youth employment; economic development; food security and improved nutrition; training and skills development; as well as creating opportunities for communities to fulfil their
responsibilities as custodians of the environment.

Together with our partners, Care for Wild is empowering local, rural communities with sustainable solutions to socio-economic issues. Care for Wild is conserving and protecting biodiversity and South Africa’s heritage, for future generations.

Without the support of donors, sponsors and partners, and without well-funded, protected places such as Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, we will lose this fight.

Thank you for choosing to stand beside us. Save rhinos, save people, save tomorrow.

January 2023

The end of 2022 saw Spirit, Grey, Jemu and Lilli relocated to a larger release site to continue their rewilding and reintroduction program. They are now walking in a home range of 1500ha which is shared with older rhinos including a dominant breeding bull, Baloo.

Now that they have orientated themselves within their new home, and discovered the best wallows and feeding spots, these four rhinos are learning how to navigate the social dynamics of older crashes. It is clear that they are not too keen on the
boisterous antics of the older rhinos and prefer to spend their days in locations away from this hustle and bustle.

Over the coming year, we expect to see this crash of orphans gain confidence and increase their interactions with the other groups. Both Spirit and Jemu are over 6.5 years old and reaching sexual maturity; they will no doubt begin to attract the attention of Baloo very soon. We are certain that 2023 will be an interesting year for this crash.