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ADOPT A RHINO

The rhino horn market has almost managed to push the black rhino to extinction. Some believe the horn to have medicinal and magical properties.

Orphaned rhinos whose mothers have been poached are rehabilitated and reintroduced to the wild, then protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service.  Rhinos are tough animals and can recover quickly if given proper care.  Once reintroduced, rhinos thrive in their natural setting.

There are 2 adoption packs, details below.

Rhino Adult Gift Pack- $50.00

Includes:
A personalized adoption certificate with a color picture of your orphan
A video of the project, recently filmed in Kenya
An adoption window sticker
An update after six months

Rhino Child Gift Pack- $50.00

Includes:

A personalized adoption certificate with a color picture of your orphan
A cuddly stuffed rhino or baseball cap or backpack
An African coloring book with crayons
An update after six months

(Choice of stuffed animal or baseball cap or backpack)

childrens pack options

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RHINO ARK

Through our close association with Rhino Ark you can now foster Tumbo or Siankiki who have both just had calves.

Black Rhino of Africa is still an endangered species. Constant vigilance and anti-poaching/de-snaring patrols are helping maintain the numbers. The creation of safe and monitored reserves is essential to protect the Black Rhino. Why not foster Tumbo or Siankiki and then arrange to visit them and stay at Rhino Retreat?

Tumbo

Tumbo in Swahili means "large girth" or to put it more bluntl, "the one with the big tummy"!  In addition to this, Tumbo has other markings; several large notches in her right ear, some impressive scars on her dewlap, right rib cage and a jagged scar on her left rear quarter.

Tumbo has recently had a calf yet un-named.  Her last calf was called Musyoka (named after the parks scientific officer).  We assume Musyoka did what other calves do-move off to live, forage and eventually mate with another rhino in the sanctuary. 

Tumbo's front horn is dominant and thick at its base whereas her rear horn is also thick at the base, but very short and sharp.  Tumbo has been a regular visitor to Rhino Ark and Treetops night viewing lodges since 1991.  We originally thought she was about 8-10, so she would be 22-24 years old now.  Rhinos can live until they are 60.

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Siankiki and Aberdare

Siankiki in Maasai means "beautiful girl" as she is indeed a wonderful female.  She already has one son, Daniel (named after the National Park Senior Warden - Daniel Onsembe).  Daniel is now about 18 months old and has moved off on his own.  Siankiki has recently given birth to Aberdare and she now has her to look out for.  Aberdare was born in August 2003.

Siankiki is easily identifiable by her two symmetrical horns.  This is not a common feature of Rhino.  Usually the front horn is larger.

For those of us that are lucky to see Siankiki at close range or with binoculars we can see a small notch in the rear flap of her left ear almost exactly half way down it.  She is thought to be nearly 20 years old.  This means she would have been almost a baby when Rhino Ark started building the conservation fence around the Salient area of the Aberdare National Park on its Eastern side.  Siankiki was frequently seen at the Rhino Ark night viewing lodge in the Salient in July 2000.  She is now deeper in the heavy forests, due to her instinct to protect her new calf.

 

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The Abedare Fencing Project

One of the many opportunities and initiatives are in habitat preservation. When this is coupled with active protection of wildlife it is a bonus. We are supporting the "Abedare Fencing Project" with donations for a meter of fence.

When you buy a meter for $100 you will have a plaque put up on the fence with your name on it and when you visit you will be shown your own piece of this invaluable fence. This massive project, due to be completed in 2005, will fence an area with a boundary of 300 miles!

 

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