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At 18 months old, Batoka was rescued after being stranded on an island in the Zambezi River.
Pilots from Batoka Sky found him alone, weak and malnourished. With the amazing support from local operators Livingstone’s Adventures, Bushtracks and Bundu Adventures, the Department of National Parks & Wildlife and additional manpower, he was rescued and transferred by road to the sanctuary.
After the extended isolation, it took Batoka about six months to recover physically and emotionally. His body repaired itself with the nutrient-rich milk provided, but his mind took longer to heal and Batoka found it hard to reintegrate with other elephants.
Batoka suffered depression as a result of his experience, but thanks to the love and attention poured on him by the other orphans, he soon joined the family and developed at a healthy rate.
Batoka is now the oldest and biggest male of the herd in the Kafue Release Facility. He wears a GPS collar and is able to roam free together with the older elephants, exploring the wilderness of Kafue National Park.
Approximate Date of Birth: April 2008
Date of Rescue: October 2009
Originally born in Holland, Attilla showed all the traits you look for in a Ranger Dog from an early age; patient, intuitive, and a fast learner. He was promptly selected to start his training.
This August Attila has hit the ground running, now training actively with the anti-poaching team at Mkomazi Reserve in Tanzania with legendary conservationist and SPN honorary board member; Tony Fitzjohn OBE.
Ok, he’s a bit too young and playful to sniff out poachers quite yet, but he’s adorable and loved by everyone!
Won’t you help contribute to his advanced training to become one of the most valuable members of the team?
Approximate Date of Birth: May 2018
On Tuesday morning, 19th of July 2016, we received a phone call from SANParks officials informing us of another orphaned baby rhino that was found beside his recently poached mother in the southern region of the Kruger National Park.
The baby rhino, now named Zac, was transported to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary at approximately 3pm that afternoon in his private helicopter and alongside his private veterinarian Louis van Wyk.
Whilst his experience was no doubt extremely traumatic, we are very happy to report that Zac is doing remarkably well! Overall, he is in good health and has no visible wounds.
During the month of November 2016, Zac received 3 new friends (Jemu, Grey and Spirit) with whom he bonded instantly.
On the 24th of November 2016, we moved the four baby orphans down to the big holding facility. They are being monitored constantly and we are happy to say that all four orphans are doing very well; drinking all their milk and eating the dry feeds that we also provide.