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SOS Rhino : In the News : A NEW HOME FOR MAXX

7 June 2006

An orphaned Rhino named Maxx has found a new home in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which was recently extended to incorporate 90,000 acres of protected wilderness, increasing once again Kenya’s vast land area devoted to conservation.

On the 25th of February 2005 Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was contacted by the manager of Solio Ranch Game Reserve who had found a very young abandoned white rhino. After a fruitless search for the mother the young rhino was rescued and transported back to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy by air.

The infant rhino, now named Maxx, was put together with an infant black rhino named Tula who had also been abandoned by its mother and together they were hand reared.

As Maxx began to grow it was decided that he would have to be moved from Lewa. Being a male Maxx was never going to be able to find a home range in the existing population of white rhino in Lewa.

Maxx was therefore moved from Lewa to Ol Pejeta in December 2005. With the development of the extended Ol Pejeta Conservancy comprising 90,000 acres, there will be the opportunity for Maxx to establish his own homerange prior to the introduction of more white rhino planned over the next 6-12 months.

He is now living in a predator proof area along side Toki the orphaned cheetah.

Toki the Cheetah is one of two brothers that were originally brought into the care of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 2002 after their mother having been killed by a lion.

The two brothers were raised by hand but were soon living wild in Lewa. Sambu, Toki's sibling, was killed by a lion when he was two years old. Toki survived that encounter but was attacked by three male cheetahs, and was then moved to a 1000 acre sanctuary for several months, but it was always known that he would, in time need more space and an opportunity to meet a female cheetah.

Ol Pejeta offered Toki a new secure home, one that he now shares with Maxx.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp and Ol Pejeta House which are managed by Serena Hotels are located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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