Waterberg Rhino UK

Baby rhino Tyson: back to the wild

Raising a baby rhino from birth requires great dedication, patience and loads of milk. Tyson's journey back to the wild will be a lengthy and demanding process over 3 years. Your help through funding for feed particularly would help enormously
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Raising a wild animal is extremely difficult, and especially so when that animal is a precious baby rhino.

Rhino calf, Tyson (so named after the ranger that found him) was abandoned by his mother at only 2 day's old. Very sadly, she was unable to produce milk for her baby so the tough decision was made to take him away in order to save his life.

Happily at 5 months old, he is thriving and growing bigger every day. His family is now a wildlife vet and wildlife manager on a reserve in the Waterberg. Along with their 2 children, dog and a companion sheep, Tyson is growing bigger every day and is becoming more inquisitive as he explores the world around him.

Rhinos calves would normally walk with their mums for up to 3 years, suckling for 18 months of that time. The ultimate aim is to release Tyson back onto the reserve when he is ready to become a wild rhino with the others in the herd.

To follow his journey back to the wild, please see our instagram @waterbergrhinouk for regular updates. If you would like to help fund his upbringing - the milk bill alone is over £50 a week at present - your donation will be hugely appreciated.

Tyson is a symbol of hope for all the baby rhinos who are orphaned due to poaching. Their start in life is a much more brutal one as they witness their mothers being killed, leaving them often wounded and traumatised.

A film by Harry Hough, ONE OF MANY, highlights the plight of orphan rhinos, please watch on our YouTube channel, Waterberg Rhino UK

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Waterberg Rhino UK

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SAVING RHINOS IS ALL ABOUT SAVING PEOPLE TOO By protecting one of the last viable populations of rhino on the planet, the Waterberg region in South Africa will continue to be an important sanctuary for this iconic species By conserving the rhino and other wildlife, tourism and economic prosperity will benefit By supporting education so that the children of the Waterberg can appreciate their surrounding landscape and wildlife, and are empowered to protect it in the future By giving people opportunities to better their lives, find employment and support their families By involving the community in projects which uplift the area and create a desire to serve and protect it Waterberg Rhino UK works with carefully chosen initiatives within the community to facilitate these aims By protecting the rhino, all our lives thrive

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