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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : August 2001 : Baby white rhino rescued

Baby white rhino rescued
August 31, 2001

Johannesburg - A three-week-old orphaned southern white rhino calf was on Tuesday being cared for at Wildcare's centre near Pretoria after a gruelling 12-hour race to safety from the arid Kalahari over the weekend. The 70kg calf - named Kali - was found wondering alone on a large game farm close to the SA-Botswana border by her owners.

After their efforts failed to care for Kali - who stands less than 60cm high - they contacted wildlife rehabilitation organisation, Wildcare. Wildcare director Karen Trendler said the weak Kali was transported from the Kalahari to Pretoria using a modified horsebox. Trendler said Kali's mother died of unexplained causes about 10 days ago. "Her owners - game farm operators close to Kuruman near the South African-Botswana border - had been attempting to care for her, but were concerned by her lack of response to treatment and called on us for help," she said.

Trendler said the young rhino would require intensive, round-the-clock nursing for at least two weeks to stabilise her physical condition. Kali is expected to remain at Wildcare for at least 18- months for the first stage of the rehabilitation process but would eventually be reintroduced into the wild. Southern white rhino are considered an endangered species, with about 10 400 roaming wild today - most of them in South African nature reserves and parks.




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