Determination and Commitment: Effective Rehabilitation Principles

Rhino rehabilitation is a complex, dynamic and lengthy process that prepares orphaned or injured rhinos for reintroduction into their natural ecosystem. Successful rehabilitation provides the necessary care, support, and resources to facilitate their physical and psychological recovery, enabling them to thrive in the wild once again. It demands unwavering dedication, commitment, empathy, and perseverance.

Knowledge of the Species

A profound understanding of rhinos as a keystone species and their behaviour is vital for comprehending their unique needs. This knowledge enables caregivers to provide suitable diets that meet the nutritional requirements of growing calves and facilitate the development of complex social dynamics within groups, which is crucial for crash formation and successful reintroduction. The rehabilitation team is also responsible for addressing the psychological and emotional trauma and stress experienced by the rhinos. Orphaned or injured rhinos can suffer from distress and anxiety due to the loss of their mothers, natural social structure or the highly traumatic events they have endured. Caregivers employ techniques to alleviate these psychological burdens, ensuring the rhinos' emotional well-being alongside their physical recovery.

Purpose Built Facilities

Secondly, purpose-built facilities play a vital role in safely accommodating and fulfilling the needs of the rhinos. Care for Wild has designed various stages of facilities specifically tailored to cater to the rehabilitation requirements of rhinos at different phases. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides round-the-clock care and monitoring for orphaned rhino calves during stabilization. After leaving the ICU, the Intermediate Care Facility continues the hand-rearing process. Subsequently, the calves transition to larger enclosures with attached camps. Our Adult Rhino Treatment & Care Facility is dedicated to housing and rehabilitating injured adult rhinos.

Experienced Team

Thirdly, highly trained and educated staff, including experienced registered veterinarians and specialists, are indispensable for providing proper treatment and care to rhinos. These professionals must possess a comprehensive understanding of preventive disease management and be equipped to deliver necessary medical attention including complex wound care and management.

Monitoring & Record Keeping

Professional monitoring is the foundation of successful rhino management for conservation. Meticulous monitoring and record-keeping are maintained throughout the rehabilitation phase. Caregivers collect data on nutrition, biometrics, weights, behavioural observations, and overall health. They also undergo training in strict boma management and cleaning protocols to address disease control and hygiene considerations.

Adherence to Legislation

Adherence to appropriate legislation is crucial for rhino rehabilaition and protection. Care for Wild ensures that all rehabilitation efforts align with relevant legislation, ensuring the legal safeguarding of the rhinos.

Every rhino embarks on a unique rehabilitation journey, but our ultimate objective remains the same: to prepare them for successful rewilding and eventual release into a protected and healthy ecosystem.


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