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Media Release - 28 March 2004

Rhino on 50/50

Return of Baby Rhino

Look out for a five minute slot on SABC's 50/50 programme on Sunday 28th March. They will be featuring the return of two orphaned black rhino calves to the Addo Elephant National Park.

The male and female calves are about 10 months old and have returned to the the bomas at the AENP after being hand-raised at Karen Trendler's Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Pretoria. Thandi, the female calf, was born in the bomas at the AENP in May last year after her mother had been translocated here from Etosha National Park. After Thandi's mother rejected her a few hours after her birth, she had to be flown by helicopter to the rehabilitation centre in Pretoria. Thandi acquired a friend, Kapela, a male black rhino calf originally from the Kruger National Park.

Both rhino calves are now being gradually weaned and introduced to a small camp where, over time, they will be desensitized to humans to prepare for their release into the wild.

(Please click on the photo for a larger view)

Megan Bradfield
Social Ecologist, Addo Elephant National Park
Tel: 042 233 0556
Fax: 042 233 0196